GOP presidential contender Vivek Ramaswamy, whose name has been floated as a possible vice presidential pick for former President Donald Trump, recently shut down rumors that he would serve in a potential second Trump administration.
Ramaswamy said he does not have another plan when asked if he would serve under a Trump administration if he does not garner the Republican presidential nomination. He has consistently trailed Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in polls by wide margins since the beginning of his presidential campaign.
During a recent Fox News interview, Ramaswamy said, “I didn’t get to where I am; I’m 38 years old, I’ve founded multiple multi-billion dollar companies, we’re blessed with the American dream to be able to self-finance and lift this campaign up, I didn’t get to where I am, and Apoorva didn’t get to where she is by being Plan B people,” referencing his wife.
Ramaswamy also expressed confidence that he would triumph in the forthcoming Iowa primary caucus on Jan. 15, 2024.
“I’m actually confident we’re going to over-deliver massively at the Iowa caucus,” the Republican presidential contender said. “Many of the people supporting us are first-time caucus-goers, some of them young people, some of them America-first patriots or libertarians who haven’t thought of themselves as traditional Republicans who are coming out in droves.”
“I think we’re going to have a major surprise on January 15th,” he added.
‘Not a Plan B Person,’ Ramaswamy Says on Rejecting the Idea of Joining Trump Administrationhttps://t.co/ZmTcDlYEj0
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) December 26, 2023
In August 2023, Trump shed light on the fact that he would consider choosing Ramaswamy as his running mate in 2024.
Ramaswamy has often praised the former president on the debate stage, unlike other Republicans vying for their party’s presidential nomination.
During the first Republican debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ramaswamy called Trump “the best president of the 21st century” and said he respects the accomplishments the former president made for the U.S. during his tenure in the White House.
A recent poll by Rasmussen Reports showed Trump trouncing all GOP presidential competitors, leading the field with 51% support, with former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) in a distant second place, having received 13% support in the survey. DeSantis was in third place, garnering just 9% support, followed by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Ramaswamy.