(Patriot.Buzz) – In a sudden turn of events highlighting her core family-first values, Nikki Haley, a prominent contender in the presidential race, experienced a personal emergency when her father, Ajit Singh Randhawa, was hospitalized.
The unexpected situation led her to suspend her campaign activities temporarily. After actively campaigning in New Hampshire and attending multiple events, Haley suddenly reduced her public presence, raising questions among her supporters and the media.
While Haley’s campaign did not disclose the specifics of Randhawa’s health condition, he is believed to be in his 90s. Despite this family crisis, Haley resumed her campaign in New Hampshire shortly after with a rally in Rochester. After speaking with Haley’s campaign officials, an ABC News reporter reported that Randhawa is “doing OK.”
Randhawa, a native of the Punjab region in India, has had a distinguished academic career as a biology professor at Voorhees College, a historically black institution in Denmark, South Carolina. He served at the college from 1969 to 1998.
Reflecting on her family’s journey at the 2020 Republican National Convention, Haley shared, “I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants. They came to America and settled in a small southern town. My father wore a turban. My mother wore a sari. I was a brown girl in a black and white world. We faced discrimination and hardship, but my parents never gave into grievance and hate.”
Amidst concerns for her father, Haley’s campaign schedule has also faced scrutiny, particularly as her husband, Michael, is currently deployed overseas in Africa.
Additionally, Haley announced this week her decision to skip the two Republican debates in New Hampshire unless former President Donald Trump participates, drawing criticism from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Criticizing both Haley and Trump for avoiding the debates, DeSantis asserted, “I’m the only one not running a basement campaign,” during a New Hampshire town hall with CNN.
Despite finishing third in the Iowa Caucus, Haley remains committed to believing that the 2024 GOP nomination is essentially a two-person race between her and Trump. As they both compete for support in New Hampshire, the RealClearPolitics aggregate shows Trump leading with 46.3%, followed by Haley at 33% and DeSantis at 5.8%.