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Haley under fire for slavery omission in Civil War reply – Times of India


WASHINGTON: Republican presidential contender Nikki Haley declined on Wednesday night to say that slavery was one of the main causes of the US Civil War, an omission she corrected on Thursday, but not before drawing rebukes from Democrats and some of her opponents.
Haley was asked by an audience member at a town hall in northern New Hampshire what she believed to be the cause of the Civil War.In response, Haley first paused, and said, “Well, don’t come at me with an easy question.” She then added: “…basically how government was going to run, what you could and couldn’t do, the freedoms in what people could and couldn’t do.” The man who asked the question responded: “In the year 2023, it’s astonishing to me that you answer without mentioning the word ‘slavery’.” There is broad consensus among scholars that slavery was the main cause of the war, which occurred between 1861 and 1865.
On Thursday morning, Haley sought to walk back her comments. “Of course the Civil War was about slavery, that’s the easy part,” she said. “Yes, I know it was about slavery. I am from the South.”
Democratic President Joe Biden posted a video of Haley’s exchange on social media with the caption: “It was about slavery.” “If Haley can’t answer this basic political 101 question, she just isn’t ready for the bright lights of the nomination process,” wrote Republican presidential contender Ron DeSantis’ adviser David Polyansky.


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