Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is rising in the polls as a result of his fresh approach to politics as well as his youthful appeal and said that he would welcome being mentored by former President Donald J. Trump if he wins next year’s election.
The 38-year-old biotech entrepreneur talked with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on this week’s edition of “Sunday Morning Futures” on the day after he showed off his entertainment skills by breaking into a rap routine with an Eminem song during his “Fire-Side Chat” with Hawkeye State Governor Kim Reynolds at the Iowa State Fair.
“During this campaign, we all gotta have a little fun,” he told Bartiromo of his rapping to the crowd.
(Video: Fox News)
After being asked whether he has spoken with Trump about the possibility of joining his cabinet, Ramaswamy said that he had not and that he’s in the race to win, adding that he would seek out the current frontrunner’s advice and mentoring if he wins the presidency.
“I have not spoken to him about being part of his cabinet, and I haven’t spoken to him about him being part of mine,” he said, adding. “I expect to be the nominee. I expect to win this election in a landslide.”
“But here’s what I do want,” Ramaswamy said. “I respect President Trump, I don’t bash him because I think he was an excellent president and we have a good relationship of mutual respect. I expect him to be an adviser, even a sort of mentor when I’m in the White House, teaching me where the bodies are buried, how to go further than he went. That’s my mission with our America First agenda and that’s the relationship that I expect.”
Bartiromo then aired a clip of the candidate’s rapping on Saturday, remarking “Nice rap song there. How did that come about Vivek?”
“It was actually a total surprise,” Ramaswamy said, telling the host that it was a response to Gov. Reynolds asking him what his favorite close-out song was.
“So when I’m leaving the stage, they play the song, I’ve still got the mic in my hand,” I couldn’t resist,” he added. “And one of the things I’m saying, during this campaign, we all gotta have a little fun actually.”
“And on a more serious note, Maria, one of the things we’re doing in this campaign is, we’re reaching young people,” he continued. “We’re bringing them along in droves with us. The difference between a 50.1 electoral margin this cycle and a landslide is young people. And I think this can’t be just a 50.1 Democrat versus Republican tug-of-war.”
“This needs to be a landslide,” Ramaswamy emphasized. “A moral mandate. A Reagan 1980-style revolution, that’s what I’m leading and I think honest to God, I’m the only candidate in this field who can actually deliver that landslide by bringing the next generation with us.”
“I’m the youngest guy ever to run for the Republican nomination for U.S. president so I better be doing some things differently,” he concluded.
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