Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and current Republican presidential candidate, has requested Secret Service protection due to increasing threats she has received while running against former President Donald Trump. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Haley stated that her campaign has faced multiple issues, but she remains determined to continue her campaign. The Department of Homeland Security, which would handle the request, has not yet commented on the matter. Haley has been accompanied by personal security at her campaign events in South Carolina, and local law enforcement has also been present. This heightened security is not the norm for her campaign stops in Iowa and New Hampshire leading up to the nomination contests. Haley acknowledged the reality of facing threats while running for public office, but stated that it will not deter her from connecting with voters and answering their questions. She also mentioned a recent swatting attempt at her home, which put her family and law enforcement in danger. Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. expressed his hope that the Secret Service will prioritize Haley’s safety over his own, as he has been denied protection despite multiple requests. CBS News reporters Nicole Sganga and Brian Dakss contributed to this report.  

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