Vivek Ramaswamy, a Republican running for president, stated that he will not accept the vice presidency if he is not elected to the highest position in the republic.
Ohio-based businessman Ramaswamy made the remarks this week while speaking with presenter Neil Cavuto on Fox News’ “Cavuto Live.”
When asked if he’d be interested in becoming vice president, Ramaswamy said, “Donald Trump and I both don’t do well in the number 2 spot. I am built to be able to lead every organization that I have built, and I believe that, when I consider the US government, my biggest contribution, Neil, and because one of my goals is to bring this country back together, I’ll be in the ideal position to accomplish that if I’m in charge.”
“I am not interested in any other position when it comes to government,” he said. “To be honest, I’d rather bring about change in the business community than become a number 2 or 3 in the US government.”
When Cavuto claimed that the vice presidency is “a heartbeat away” compared to the presidency and then asked Ramaswamy directly if he planned to turn down the job if offered, Ramaswamy said that he would.
Ramaswamy continued on to justify his choice. He said that his campaign is not a “quest for his own power,” but rather a way to “revive our lost national identity” as well as reach younger people with his message, which he claims he can only accomplish from the top job.
The RealClearPolitics average of surveys shows that former President Trump is the most popular Republican candidate for president right now. He is followed by Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida along with Ramaswamy. But in recent weeks, Ramaswamy, who was mostly unknown in politics before he ran for office, seems to be rising in a number of polls.
Ramaswamy informed Cavuto about his rise, “We are doing well, Neil, because I’m not afraid to tell the truth. I started at 0% in opinion polls in March, and now I am in second place in numerous polls coming out this weekend,” he said, adding that he doesn’t want to talk about what the Republican Party has been “running from.” Instead, he wants to talk about what the party will be “running to.”