Vivek Ramaswamy says 'many annoyed by my rise' after ex-employees' exposé

18 September 2023 10:27 AM
  • Vivek Ramaswamy says 'many annoyed by my rise' after ex-employees' exposé

Indian-American Vivek Ramaswamy, a young contender in the US Presidential race, said people are annoyed by his rise after a surge in his popularity following his performance in the Republican presidential primary debate.

Indian-American Vivek Ramaswamy, a Republican aspirant for the US Presidential race, said many people find his rise unsettling because of his young age. The statement comes after some former employees from his ventures described him as a neurotic, mercurial, and paranoid leader in private.

“The reality is many people are annoyed by my rise and believe that a 38-year-old is too young to be US President. The fact of the matter is Thomas Jefferson was 33 years old when he wrote the US Declaration of Independence. He also invented the swivel chair while he was at it, by the way,” Ramaswamy said during an interview with Fox News on Sunday.

The 38-year-old's popularity has surged after his performance in the initial Republican presidential primary debate as per opinion polls, though the criticism by opponents is also increasing.

“Well, look, we have been taking intense criticism, over the last several weeks since I performed well on that second debate. And this is part of the process, so I invite the open debate,” he said.

Ramaswamy said it will take "someone whose best days ahead are still yet ahead in life" to revive the spirit of the country. "And I do believe that the United States of America can see our best days still yet ahead. But we can’t just be running from something," he said.

He asserted that the radical Biden agenda is the wrong place to focus, and that is why he would rather not criticise it. "Of course, there’s a lot to criticize. But we have to offer a vision of our own, not just what we are running from. What are we running to -- revive meritocracy, the pursuit of excellence, economic growth, free speech, open debate -- are basic values that most Americans still agree with,” he said.

He said he is confident that his party has a chance to deliver a 1980-style, Ronald Reagan-style, moral mandate.

"That is how we’ll unite this country. And I’m in this race because I think I am the single best positioned candidate to do it. And even though we’ve taken criticisms from basically nearly every other candidate that’s been threatened by my rise, I’m not running against any of them. I am running for this country. That’s the mission we’re guided by,” Ramaswamy said.

Ramaswamy earlier vowed to “gut” the lottery-based H-1B visa programme if he wins the race for the White House, though he has himself used it 29 times. The H-1B visa, the most sought-after among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations.

After his maiden Republican presidential primary debate, held on August 23, the first poll that came out said that 28 per cent of the 504 respondents thought Ramaswamy performed the best.

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