Ramaswamy says he’s in it to win it, ‘not interested’ in being veep and would turn down any offer

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is rising in the polls and has no interest in playing second banana to anybody, telling Fox News host Neil Cavuto that he’s in it to win it.

The biotech entrepreneur and political newcomer appeared on Saturday’s edition of “Cavuto Live” where he discussed the upcoming this week’s upcoming RNC presidential debate, his vision for American renewal, and his willingness to accept a vice presidential nod if he doesn’t win the GOP nomination.

“You are certainly resonating in the polls, there’s no doubt about that,” Cavuto said, noting his popularity and polls showing that many prefer him for the vice presidential spot. “You’re everyone’s favorite number one choice for number two. In other words, if you don’t make it to be the presidential nominee, more Republicans want you to be the vice presidential nominee than anyone else. Would you entertain that?”

(Video: Fox News)


“The fact is many of these people didn’t know who I was six months ago. And we’re still sitting before the first debate,” Ramaswamy responded. “Donald Trump and I think share something in common in that neither of us does well in a number two position. I’m built to actually lead the organizations that I’ve built. And I think that when I’m looking at the federal government, my greatest contribution, and one of my goals being to reunite this country, I’m going to be in the best position to get that done if I’m doing it from the top job. That’s where my focus is. I’ve been very clear.”

“I’m not interested in a different position in the government. Frankly, I’d drive change through the private sector sooner than becoming a number two or a number three in the federal government. That’s not about ego,” he said.

“Are you saying that you would turn it down if offered you?” Cavuto asked.

“I am,” Ramaswamy answered. “And the reason why is that if this were about my quest for personal power, sure, that makes sense. But that’s not what this is about. This is about reviving our missing national identity, reaching the next generation of Americans who are badly disaffected from politics. A crisis of national pride. It is my job to make sure that my two sons and their generation are once again proud to be citizens of this nation.”

It was the candidate’s second interview with Cavuto in less than a week, previously schooling the Fox News host by not getting baited into dumping on Trump over his latest indictment.

“I can understand that but there are 91 criminal charges in all Vivek, as you’re aware, over four criminal cases. They can’t all be politicized, can they? I mean, there’s something that the former president must have done in any one of these that struck you as wrong, if not illegal,” he asked, seeking to get the candidate on the record with a negative comment about Trump.

Ramaswamy answered, “I think, Neil, just because the government has brought a case, if we’re going to be a culture that now starts to say there must be something wrong if the government has charged 91 counts, I think that’s a… a people of sheep. And when the people behave like sheep, that breeds a government of wolves.”

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