In a recent interview with conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, former President Donald Trump expressed his admiration for GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, suggesting that he would consider him as a potential running mate for the 2024 election. Trump praised Ramaswamy’s support for his presidency, stating, “Look, anybody that’s said I’m the best president in a generation…and he said it a couple of times…I have to like a guy like that.” The former president discussed his openness to a youthful and relatively new candidate who could bring a fresh perspective to Washington.
"I think he's great," Trump said, adding "I have to like a guy like that."
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) August 30, 2023
Describing Ramaswamy as “smart,” “young,” and “talented,” Trump seemed to be genuinely enthusiastic about the biotech engineer’s potential role as Vice President. He emphasized Ramaswamy’s intelligence and energy, stating, “He’s a very, very, very intelligent person. He’s got good energy, and he could be some form of something. I tell you, I think he’d be very good. I think he’s very good. I think he’s really distinguished himself.”
However, Trump also acknowledged the need for caution, urging Ramaswamy to exercise discretion and avoid unnecessary controversy. While expressing admiration for Ramaswamy’s recent rise in popularity among GOP figures, Trump advised him to “be a little bit careful” and hold back on certain statements. Trump hinted at his own interest in observing potential vice presidential contenders during the recent GOP debate, further fueling speculation about his own political ambitions.
Despite Trump’s praise, Ramaswamy has previously stated that he would not accept the role of Vice President under Trump. Other GOP contenders, such as former Vice President Mike Pence, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have also expressed criticism towards Ramaswamy. Haley challenged his foreign policy experience, Pence criticized his age and foreign policy stances, and Christie denounced him as the “worst of what politicians are characterized to be,” accusing him of saying one thing but doing another.
As the 2024 election approaches, the potential Vice President Ramaswamy adds a layer of intrigue to the political landscape. It remains to be seen if Trump’s comments will have any impact on Ramaswamy’s campaign or if he will indeed reconsider his stance on accepting the vice presidential role.