Vivek Ramaswamy, dubbed the ‘CEO of Anti-Woke Inc.,’ exploring a run for the White House

Conservative Vivek Ramaswamy, called by some the “CEO of Anti-Woke Inc.,” is exploring a possible 2024 run for the White House.

“I believe that I’ve developed a vision for American national identity that I have deep conviction for and is the product of my own journey of having lived the gifts that this country has afforded me,” the 37-year-old New York Times bestselling author told Politico.

While a successful entrepreneur in the biotech field, Ramaswamy says his campaign wouldn’t necessarily focus on his record as a businessman.

“Instead he is planning to launch an ideas-based campaign focused on revitalizing the American spirit and bringing back a culture of merit into society,” Politico reports.

The “combination of both doing it intellectually and having personally experienced that vision of our nation makes me well suited to articulate that and deliver on it,” Ramaswamy said.

For conservatives, Ramaswamy has been a fierce leader in the culture war that is consuming our nation.

He is a regular guest of Tucker Carlson and, according to Politico, he is “regarded as one of the intellectual godfathers of the anti-woke movement.”

And while he may want to focus more on the American spirit, he isn’t letting his business sense go to waste.

Glenn Beck calls Ramaswamy one of the “pioneers of the parallel economy.” His company, Strive Asset Management, “is sending an ultimatum to woke investors like BlackRock.”

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This isn’t the first time Ramaswamy has eyed an elected office.

In 2021, he considered running in his home state of Ohio for the Senate but was ultimately too disenchanted with actual senators.

“One of your main jobs as a senator is to make laws, and I came to understand that many senators were not interested in engaging in that job,” he told Politico. “Their goal was to get on cable television, and I was already on cable television.”

But Ramaswamy, who spoke to the outlet from Iowa where he spoke to dozens of the state’s agricultural leaders, says he’s serious about running for president.

At the top of his policy platform is “defeating China economically, firing the ‘managerial class’ of the federal government, drastically changing or shutting down large numbers of federal agencies, reforming the national security apparatus and shunning affirmative action,” according to Politico.

Many Republican leaders have responded to his message — which includes a full-on assault on ESG scores — with praise that Ramaswamy said is “humbling.”

“I think the GOP has a historic opportunity to answer the question of what it means to be an American at the moment where we lack a national identity,” he said. “I’m grateful that many Republican governors and other leaders have borrowed my message and woven it into their policy agendas.”

“But when it comes to who leads our country next,” he added, “I believe that it’s going to take a leader who shares his own vision, not someone else’s, and that’s what calls me to do this.”

And his campaign is shaping up.

Writes Politico:

Ramaswamy’s growing team now consists of nearly 20 people, including former Pennsylvania GOP Senate candidate Kathy Barnette to lead his potential grassroots efforts and Tricia McLaughlin, who led communications for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s 2022 reelection campaign, as his press secretary. He’s hired Republican operative Rex Elsass’ political consultancy, based near Ramaswamy’s home in central Ohio, to run his potential operation, and Elsass’ top deputy Ben Yoho is expected to serve as “CEO” of any future campaign.

 

Despite his many brushes with top Republicans, the charismatic conservative knows his bid is a long shot, but he is optimistic.

“You know, maybe all of this is ill-advised and I’ll fall flat on my face,” Ramaswamy said. “I don’t think that’s gonna happen.”

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