Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley was back in Iowa Monday and held a campaign stop in Salix.
The former South Carolina Governor and UN Ambassador spoke at the event at Port Neal Welding Company. Haley touched on several major topics including taxes and the debt ceiling, term limits in Congress and agriculture. She also introduced her plan for the education system.
"So we need to do around the country what I did as Governor," she told the crowd. "We said no child could pass the 3rd grade if they couldn't read. We put them in reading remediation camps, we worked with their parents. We made sure we got them back on track. You go and you cut out all of this critical race theory and you focus on the things that really matter. You make sure that parents can see everything their kids are being taught. Everything. There is no reason you should be kept in the dark."
One of Haley's biggest talking points was the crisis at the southern border. Recently returning from a visit to the border herself, Haley touched on the laws she enacted as governor as what she'd like to see nationwide.
"In South Carolina, I passed one of the toughest illegal immigration laws in the country," she said. "We put in a mandatory E-Verify program so that no business could hire anyone who was here illegally. That's how we got them out of South Carolina. We do mandatory E-Verify. Then you go and you make sure that you stop funding the 87,000 IRS agents and put 25,000 border and ICE agents on the ground."
She also touched on ways to reduce the debt ceiling and debt in Americans pockets.
"You basically go to them and you change the retirement age so that it reflects life expectancy. Instead of the cost of living increases, you relate it to inflation, it makes it more accurate. You limit benefits to the wealthy. You expand Medicare advantage plans so there are more options, and more competition and you can actually begin to pay down the debt if we do those things."
Haley heads to Denison, Storm Lake, and Fort Dodge Tuesday before ending her Iowa tour in Des Moines on Wednesday.
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