A senior adviser claimed it is premature to assume that Vivek Ramaswamy’s presidential campaign is over, as the biotech entrepreneur who gained early success with a brazen and aggressive campaign considered competing in the final Iowa debate on Wednesday night without him.
Ramaswamy’s senior adviser and head of communications, Tricia McLaughlin, stated, “The excitement and turnout that we’re seeing in Iowa is electric, and it far outpaces the deflating DeSantis and AstroTurf Haley campaigns.”
Nevertheless, the only two candidates scheduled to participate in debate at Drake University in Des Moines are hard-right Florida governor Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley. On Monday, the Iowa caucuses will be held.
Like all the other debates this campaign, Donald Trump was also eligible to participate, but he has opted not to.
Based on polling data, Ramaswamy did not meet the requirements to participate in the debate, unlike two other former governors who are still running, Chris Christie of New Jersey and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas.
One of the three surveys had to be an authorized survey of likely Iowa Republican caucus attendees. The criteria were at least 10% in three different national and/or Iowa polls of Republican caucus-goers or primary voters that fulfill reporting standards.
Less than a week before the caucuses, Trump leads DeSantis (17%), Haley (16%), and Ramaswamy 7% in the Iowa Republican contest, according to the FiveThirtyEight.com polling average.
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Most people believe that DeSantis must finish in second place in Iowa or risk withdrawing from the competition. New Hampshire is the next stop on the major route. Trump is ranked 42% there, Haley at 30%, Christie at 12%, DeSantis at 6%, and Ramaswamy at a larger distance behind them.
Ramaswamy is Active in Lowa
Ramaswamy has been quite active in Iowa. He has accomplished a double Grassley, which is when a politician visits all 99 counties in a state. Chuck Grassley, a 90-year-old Republican US senator, popularized this feat; Ramaswamy, however, did it twice.
With the support of OJ Simpson, Jake Paul, and controversial former congressman Steve King in his pocket, Ramaswamy has been able to keep a grueling pace. This week’s plan includes nine events on Wednesday and seven on Tuesday.
He stated, “We’re not going to let a bit of snow get in our way,” in a video that was shared on social media on Tuesday as he cradled his son in a snow-covered automobile in a winter Des Moines scene.
Meeting folks who genuinely care about this nation and who will cast ballots no matter what my favorite aspect of living in Iowa is. I am the only candidate participating in numerous events today while on the campaign trail.
What do you know? If you can’t handle a little snow, you’re not cut out to be our nation’s leader. I want everyone to be safe today and to follow their own moral compass. Travel cautiously and at a leisurely pace. Above all, though, we need to have some difficult discussions about what lies ahead for our nation.
Republican operative turned anti-Trump Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson made note of what many believe has been Ramaswamy‘s goal all along: becoming virally famous and possibly getting appointed to a second Trump cabinet.
Wilson used an abbreviation for Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” to argue that Vivek only achieved his goals when he saw that success as being in the Maga media ecosystem.
He never intended to run for office or be successful, but he did have a strategy to dethrone Trump and become a meme contender.