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Presidential candidate Nikki Haley visits Massachusetts ahead of Super Tuesday primary

Presidential Candidate Nikki Haley holds rally in Needham ahead of Super Tuesday
Presidential Candidate Nikki Haley holds rally in Needham ahead of Super Tuesday 02:41

NEEDHAM - Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley was in Massachusetts on Saturday ahead of the state's primary on Super Tuesday.

The former U.N. ambassador and South Carolina governor was at a rally at the Sheraton Boston Needham Hotel in Needham. The rally began at 8 p.m. 

Haley focused on several topics including foreign policy and criticized Washington for overspending.

"For the first time, we're spending more money in the interest than we are in the defense budget," Haley told the crowd.

She also touted her history on immigration and bashed Biden's border protection policies.

"When I was Governor of South Carolina, we passed the toughest illegal immigration law in the country."

She also touched on abortion and fertility treatments just days after an Alabama court ruling left treatments like IVF at risk.

"Can't we all agree that no state law should say to a woman whose had an abortion that she's going to jail or getting the death penalty. Let's just start there. This is a personal issue. We need to do whatever it takes to make IVF accessible for every parent that wants it," she said.

Both Haley and her supporters resonated with one key point: the age of politicians.

"Congress has become the most privileged nursing home in the country. It's true and these people are making decisions on economy. These are people making decisions are our national security. We need to know they're at the tip of their game," Haley said.

"I think she has energy. I feel like you see it just like with her rallies, with her events. She's on the ground, she's shaking every hand. Donald Trump is not doing that," one supporter said.

New Hampshire Governor Christ Sununu campaigned for Haley heading into Super Tuesday. 

"She likes limited government, and local control knowing how to get things done, brings policy experience domestically and international, and she's just likeable," Gov. Sununu told WBZ.

Haley's stop in Needham is part of a 10-day nationwide tour, where Haley also made stops in Colorado, Utah, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and North Carolina.

Haley hopes to rally voters in Super Tuesday locations as part of her challenge of GOP frontrunner and former president Donald Trump. So far, Trump is leading with 247 delegates as opposed to Haley's 24.

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