Dem pollster: Haley would be 'very strong' presidential candidate

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said on Tuesday that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyPollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge Trump blocked renomination of Obama-era UN racism official, won't pick a replacement: report Trump says he considered nominating Ivanka to lead World Bank MORE could make a strong presidential candidate. 

"We will see women presidents in the next decade, and the first one may very well be a Republican actually," Lake told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

"Really? Nikki Haley perhaps?" Concha asked Lake. 

"Nikki Haley would be very strong. She would be very strong," Lake responded. 

Haley, who previously served as South Carolina governor, has pushed hard to promote the Trump administration's agenda at the United Nations, offering support for Israel and slamming Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for human rights abuses. 

Lake said she believes a woman will be on the ticket in 2020. 

"I think there will be a woman on the ticket, but I don't know whether she will be the president or the vice president," she said. 

— Julia Manchester