Nikki Haley's secret weapon in Iowa: Setting no expectations

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared he will win Iowa. Former President Donald Trump says he’ll capture the state, with his advisers promising a victory by at least 12 points. And Vivek Ramaswamy’s team has said he’ll come in third. 

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley hasn’t been as easy to pin down. 

Just four days before the caucuses, Haley on Thursday remained vague about just where she expects she’ll finish Monday or what she needs to do to have momentum going into New Hampshire. 

“What I want is I want to be strong in Iowa, strong in New Hampshire, strong in South Carolina. We don’t know what strong looks like until we see the results, right?” Haley told NBC News. “But I think it’s important that if we show that we’re strong in Iowa, that gives us momentum going into New Hampshire. That’s what I’m focused on for Monday.”