(DailyVantage.com) – Former President Donald Trump signaled that he is open to having entrepreneur and 2024 presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy as his running mate. In an interview with Glenn Beck, Trump praised Ramaswamy for deeming him the best president of the 21st century, admiring his intelligence and energy.
Ramaswamy, while an opponent of Trump in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, has repeatedly defended Trump on the campaign trail, slamming the indictments against him as political persecution and un-American, even vowing to pardon the former president if elected.
Ramaswamy’s popularity has risen following the Fox News Republican primary debate. According to FiveThirtyEight aggregate polling, while Trump leads the pack of candidates at 50.3% and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis follows with 14.8%, Ramaswamy has gained momentum, holding 9.2% and catching up to or leading DeSantis in select polls. The remaining candidates are polling in the range of 5% or lower, making the debates, which Trump has signaled he will not be attending, seem like a competition for second place or an audition for the vice presidency or cabinet position.
Trump cautioned Ramaswamy against controversy, advising that he be careful about his remarks, especially on foreign policy toward Israel, Taiwan, and Ukraine. However, Ramaswamy’s campaign has hinted that there are no plans to back down from any potential controversial comments. These remarks made him a prominent target for those on the debate stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where former Vice President Mike Pence, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed Ramaswamy. Notably, DeSantis refrained from attacks after his main super PAC’s memo revealed that his debate strategy could focus on attacking Ramaswamy and defending Trump. Ramaswamy used this to attack DeSantis as a “super PAC puppet.”
While the 2024 presidential election is over a year away, early primaries occur in just a few months. As the primaries approach, candidates will continue to appeal to voters in their attempt to win the Republican presidential nomination.
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