Vivek Ramaswamy exits presidential bid, backs Donald Trump
In the 2024 US Presidential Elections, Vivek Ramaswamy’s campaign approach closely paralleled that of former President Donald Trump, encompassing both tone and policy.
Today in New Delhi, Indian-American entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy declared his exit from the 2024 US presidential race due to underwhelming results in the Iowa Republican caucuses.
Entering the race in February 2023 as a relatively unknown figure in political circles, Mr. Ramaswamy gained traction among Republican voters by expressing strong views on immigration and advocating for an America-first stance. His campaign closely emulated the tone and policies of former President Donald Trump, aiming to connect with the conservative base that had propelled Trump to success in prior elections.
On that evening, Trump secured victory in Iowa, further establishing himself as the leading contender for the Republican nomination.
Born to immigrant parents from Kerala in Ohio, Mr. Ramaswamy unexpectedly rose as a contender in a Republican field still overshadowed by Trump’s influence.
Yet, in the days preceding the Iowa caucuses, the situation shifted unfavorably for Mr. Ramaswamy. Trump publicly criticized him, branding him a “fraud” on his Truth Social media platform, and claiming that supporting the Indian-American amounted to endorsing the “other side.”
Earning recognition in conservative circles, the Harvard-educated millionaire became well-known with his 2021 bestseller, “Woke, Inc.,” a sharp critique of corporate choices influenced by social justice and climate change considerations.
Among his Republican peers in the presidential race, Mr. Ramaswamy frequently elicited frustration during debates. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, also of Indian origin, took a dig at him, remarking, “Every time I listen to you, I sense a slight decrease in intellect.”