Ramaswamy promises ‘revolution’: ‘Loss of national identity is, I think, the deepest threat we face’

GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is set to storm the debate stage Wednesday night calling for a revolution to regain our national identity… our 1776 moment.

The young conservative biotech entrepreneur told Fox News Digital that the US is in the midst of a “national identity crisis.” He pointed out that Americans have a “real choice” this time around in the GOP presidential primary.

He gave the interview to Fox News Digital on the sidelines of the first Republican presidential primary debate in Milwaukee. During that sit-down, he stated that the United States is turning into “something that is foreign to the Founding Fathers’ vision in 1776.”

“I do think the real choice we face in this primary is, do you want incremental reform from traditional Republicans? Or do you want something of a revolution?” he asked. “I stand on the side of revolution, and I don’t apologize for that – that makes some other people nervous – but that’s the fact of the matter of who I am and what I stand for in this race.”

“And I have a feeling that’s what the people in this country are actually going to choose,” Ramaswamy went on to add.

The 38-year-old billionaire has jumped in the polls and is campaigning his butt off. A first-generation American, a husband, and the father of two little boys, Ramaswamy obviously loves this country and is also a man of faith.

“I am the embodiment of the American dream, and I say that with a sense of gratitude and a sense of duty,” Ramaswamy commented. “I think we have a duty to create that American dream for my two sons and their generation and I have no confidence that’s automatically going to happen.”

He said during the interview that he believes the greatest threat to our nation right now is “our deep loss of national self-confidence.”

“I think we’re in the middle of a national identity crisis where people can’t even answer the question of what it means to be an American and that loss of national identity is, I think, the deepest threat we face,” he asserted.

“That might sound like an unconventional answer to some people because they talk about the economy, foreign policy – I think those are big challenges as well, but they are downstream of our loss of self-confidence,” Ramaswamy contended.

“If you know who you are, you can stand up with spine on the global stage. If you know who you are, you can take risks and succeed through American capitalism as I did and so many others have living the American dream – that’s how you grow an economy,” the political disruptor astutely pointed out.

All of that “starts with answering the question of who we really are as Americans,” Ramaswamy noted. “Answer that with conviction – the rest becomes that much easier.”

The young political firebrand has earned second place on the debate stage Wednesday night since former President Trump will not be in attendance. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis takes first place and will stand in the center of the candidates.

Ramaswamy spent time with his family before the debate but he also has been traveling and meeting with voters.

“It is a great way to prepare – especially if you take questions from voters,” the candidate claimed. “Those are harder questions than I often get from the media, so that has been the best form of debate prep.”

“We feel we’re ready, and tomorrow is just the first of many to come,” Ramaswamy vowed.

He sees himself as an outsider and a non-politician, telling Fox News Digital that he will be the only candidate on the stage who has not been in a debate.

“For me, it is going to be a bit of a warmup,” Ramaswamy stated, pointing to other primary debates scheduled in the coming months that he intends to be part of. “Over the course of the fall, I’m really confident I’ll get to introduce myself and let the people of this country know who I am and what I stand for.”

Fox News Channel is partnering with the Young America’s Foundation to host the first GOP presidential primary debate on Aug. 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The debate begins at 9 pm Eastern and will be live-streamed by social media sponsor Rumble. It’s the first opportunity for Americans to get a feel for the candidates who will battle Trump for the nomination.

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