Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley defended her decision to accept corporate money as she emerged as her rivals' top target during the fourth Republican presidential debate.
“Look, we'll get support from anyone we can get support from, but I've been a conservative fighter my whole life,” Haley said on stage in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Wednesday. “I was a Tea Party candidate when I became governor. We were against any possible corporate bailout.”
Haley, who is surging in the polls and drawing new interest from big-dollar donors in recent weeks, drew sharp attacks from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Ohio entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
Ramaswamy criticized Haley for taking money from LinkedIn Corp. co-founder Reid Hoffman, who donated $250,000 to a super political action committee that supported her. Hoffman has historically donated to Democratic candidates, but is one of many billionaires who see Haley as a potential alternative to Republican Party frontrunner Donald Trump.
Ramaswamy said BlackRock CEO Larry Fink was one of Haley's biggest supporters, whom he called “the king of the woke industrial complex.”
“It is wrong to say that this is none of her business,” Ramaswamy added.
Haley responded, “They're just jealous. They wish they supported them.”