(LibertySociety.com) – Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy likely broke the hearts of many supporters of former President Trump when he said that he would turn down an offer to run as Vice President if he loses in the primary election. While former President Trump leads all Republican candidates by a large margin, Ramaswamy believes that he can secure the nomination for himself. He has taken a different approach than several other candidates, staunchly defending Trump after the announcement of each new indictment.
On August 15, after Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis indicted the former President in Georgia, Ramaswamy called for an immediate motion to dismiss the case, offering to write the amicus brief for Trump.
Despite his support for Trump, Ramaswamy told Neil Cavuto of Fox News that he and the former President share commonalities, stating that “neither of us does well in a number 2 position.” He went on further to say that he is “not interested in a different position in the government.” He explained that he would opt to achieve his goal of helping America get back to its original identity by working in the private sector before he would take a lower position within the government. He told Cavuto that winning the presidency has nothing to do with the personal power that comes along with it, but that he is interested in reaching the youth of America to turn the country around. He added that he believes he would only be able to do that from a governmental position if he were president.
Ramaswamy has made gains in the polls over the last several weeks, likely from his interview with Tucker Carlson and his visit to the Iowa State Fair. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has slipped into third place in some polls, prompting an affiliated super PAC to advise him to go hard after Ramaswamy. DeSantis and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley have also previously claimed that they would not accept an offer to run as Vice President.
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