Making a passionate plea to re-elect Republican Donald Trump, top Indian-American politician Nikki Haley said that the US President has a "record of strength and success", while his Democratic rival Joe Biden has a "record of weakness and failure."
Ms Haley, who was the former US Ambassador to the United Nations, on the first day of the Republican National Convention (RNC) warned Americans that a Biden-Harris administration would lead the country on the path of socialism, which has failed everywhere in the world.
Indian-origin US Senator from California Kamala Harris is the running mate of Biden. Harris is the first Indian-American to be nominated for the second highest political office in the country. This is probably for the first time that Ms Haley criticised Kamala Harris after she was picked by Joe Biden early this month as the vice presidential candidate.
"This President has a record of strength and success. The former Vice President has a record of weakness and failure. Joe Biden is good for Iran and ISIS... great for Communist China... and he''s a godsend to everyone who wants America to apologise, abstain, and abandon our values. Donald Trump takes a different approach. He''s tough on China, and he took on ISIS and won. And he tells the world what it needs to hear," Ms Haley said.
Political pundits say that Ms Haley, 48, is herself a presidential candidate for the 2024 elections. She has, however, refrained from commenting on this and said that her focus now is to help Trump get re-elect as the president of the country. The Republican Party and the Trump Campaign opted for her speech on the prime time of the first day of the convention.
The four-day RNC will formally nominate 74-year-old incumbent President Donald Trump as the party''s candidate for the November 3 US presidential election.
Ms Haley, the two-term Governor of South Carolina, is the only Indian-American leader to be featured in the list of RNC speakers released by the Trump campaign on Sunday.
"A Biden-Harris administration would be much, much worse. Last time, Joe''s boss was Obama... this time, it would be Pelosi, Sanders, and the Squad. Their vision for America is socialism. And we know that socialism has failed everywhere.
"They want to tell Americans how to live... and what to think. They want a government takeover of health care. They want to ban fracking and kill millions of jobs. They want massive tax hikes on working families," Ms Haley said.
"Joe Biden and the socialist left would be a disaster for our economy. But President Trump is leading a new era of opportunity. Before Communist China gave us the coronavirus, we were breaking economic records left and right. The pandemic has set us back, but not for long. President Trump brought our economy back before, and he will bring it back again," she said.
Ms Haley said that it was an honour of a lifetime to serve as the United States ambassador to the United Nations. "Now, the UN is not for the faint of heart. It''s a place where dictators-murderers-&-thieves denounce America... and then put their hands out and demand that we pay their bills," she said.
President Trump put an end to all that. "With his leadership, we did what Barack Obama and Joe Biden refused to do. We stood up for America... and we stood against our enemies," she said.
"Obama and Biden let North Korea threaten America. President Trump rejected that weakness, and we passed the toughest sanctions on North Korea in history. Obama and Biden let Iran get away with murder and literally sent them a plane full of cash. President Trump did the right thing and ripped up the Iran nuclear deal," Ms Haley said.
"Obama and Biden led the United Nations to denounce our friend and ally, Israel. President Trump moved our embassy to Jerusalem - and when the U.N. tried to condemn us, I was proud to cast the American veto," she said.
"At home, the President is the clear choice on jobs and the economy. He''s moved America forward, while Joe Biden held America back. When Joe was VP, I was governor of the great state of South Carolina. We had a pretty good run.
"Manufacturers of all kinds flocked to our state from overseas, creating tens of thousands of American jobs. People were referring to South Carolina as "the beast of the southeast," which I loved," she said.
"Everything we did happened in spite of Joe Biden and his old boss. We cut taxes. They raised them. We slashed red tape. They piled on more mandates. And when we brought in good-paying jobs, Biden and Obama sued us. I fought back... and they gave up," she said.
Earlier, Ms Haley started her remarks with a little story from a US Ambassador to the UN during the Regan era.
"l''ll start with a little story. It''s about an American Ambassador to the United Nations. And it''s about a speech she gave to this convention. She called for the re-election of the Republican President she served... And she called out his Democratic opponent... a former vice president from a failed administration," Ms Haley said.
"That ambassador said, and I quote, "Democrats always blame America first." The year was 1984. The president was Ronald Reagan. And Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick''s words are just as true today," she said.
"Joe Biden and the Democrats are still blaming America first. Donald Trump has always put America first. He has earned four more years as President," Ms Haley said.