Vivek Ramaswamy Firmly Declines VP Slot
Republican presidential contender Vivek Ramaswamy has made his stance on the topic of being selected as the vice presidential candidate crystal clear, In a recent exclusive interview with Fox News on Saturday, he asserted his disinterest in the possibility of being selected for the role.
Vivek has no interest in becoming Vice President. https://t.co/ezz5qxPQOK
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 20, 2023
Fox News host Neil Cavuto kicked off the interview by acknowledging Ramaswamy’s growing popularity in the polls. Cavuto revealed that Ramaswamy ranked as either the second or third most favored candidate among Republicans. However, he pointed out a fascinating pattern emerging from the polls – many respondents regarded Ramaswamy as their preferred choice for the vice presidential nominee.
“In other words, if you don’t make it to be the presidential nominee, more Republicans want you to be the vice presidential nominee than anyone else. Would you entertain that?” Cavuto probed.
Ramaswamy calmly addressed the question, emphasizing that the spotlight had only recently turned to him in the race and that the first debate had yet to occur. Drawing a parallel with former President Donald Trump, Ramaswamy noted that he and Trump both thrive as leaders rather than in secondary roles.
“Donald Trump and I, I think, share something in common in that neither of us does well in a number two position,” he stated.
“I’m built to actually lead the organizations that I’ve built and I think that when I’m looking at the federal government my greatest contribution, Neil, and one of my goals being to reunite this country, I’m going to be in the best position to get that done if I’m in the top job. That’s where my focus is,” he added.
“I’ve been very clear. I am not interested in a different position, in a different position in the government. Frankly, I would drive change through the private sector sooner than becoming a number two or a number three in the federal government,” he said, further.
Addressing the lingering question of whether he would consider the vice presidential position if offered, the anti-woke businessman left no room for ambiguity as he asserted that he would turn down such an offer, reaffirming his commitment to leading from the front and advocating for change through his unique perspective and experiences.
Despite Ramaswamy’s proclaimed steadfastness, he does not seem to be the GOP’s top pick for the position of president. The latest average of Real Clear Politics polls shows former President Donald Trump maintains a commanding lead, reflecting his enduring popularity within the Republican base.
The numbers stand at 54.8% for Trump and 14.3% for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a substantial margin of almost 40 points. Ramaswamy holds strong in third place with 7.2%, demonstrating his enduring appeal but not solidifying his chances of being picked as the party’s candidate.