Indian-origin, a 37-year-old millionaire named Vivek Ramaswamy is reportedly thinking about running for office in the 2024 elections. The Republican, whose parents were Indian, has been called “CEO of Anti-Woke, Inc.” by the New Yorker.
Along with Nikki Haley, who will officially launch her campaign on Wednesday, Republican businessman and Indian-American Vivek Ramaswamy plans to declare his candidature for president in 2024.
In addition to being the founder of the pharmaceutical research company Roivant Sciences and the executive chairman of the asset management company Strive, he also gained notoriety for his speech that sought to define the “American identity.” He has appeared on a number of US talk shows, including the well-known Tucker Carlson programmes, and he consistently reiterates his statements on the perils of “wokeism.”
According to Politico, he is determining whether Republicans share his views on how “woke capitalism” is killing the nation and socially responsible investing. Ramaswamy has been exploring his options in Iowa, where he has spoken to agricultural workers, attended a Land Investment Expo, and networked with leading Republicans.
He said, “You know, maybe all of this is ill-advised, and I’ll fall flat on my face. I don’t think that’s gonna happen.”
According to the report from Politico on Monday, Mr. Ramaswamy claimed that his visit to Iowa and other preparations for a prospective candidature are genuine and that “this is not a play for attention.” He is considering a presidential bid, among other things to see if Republican politicians, businessmen, and farmers will take seriously his warnings about the perils of “wokeism” and socially responsible investing.
It read, “Ramaswamy doesn’t necessarily want to run on his businessman track record. Instead, he is planning to launch an ideas-based campaign focused on revitalising the American spirit and bringing back a culture of merit into society.”
Mr. Ramaswamy was born in Cincinnati, the son of Indian immigrants. His mother was a geriatric psychiatrist, while his father worked as an engineer for General Electric. He studied at Yale and Harvard institutions, and he is reputedly valued at more than $500 million, which would be sufficient to launch his campaign in the crucial early states.
He originally gained notoriety by becoming a prosperous biotech entrepreneur and creating medications, including five that received FDA approval.
According to the source, he was cited as stating, “I believe that I’ve developed a vision for American national identity that I have a deep conviction for and is the product of my own journey of having lived the gifts that this country has afforded me.”
Ramaswamy confirmed his plans in a statement to USA Today Network, saying, “Yes, I am strongly considering it.”
“If you ask people in my generation what it means to be an American, you get a blank stare in response. I’m on a mission to deliver an answer to that question. We need to revive the basic ideas that set this nation into motion merely 250 years ago,” he added.
According to Bloomberg, Ramaswamy has been meeting influential people and giving talks in Iowa and other crucial states to gauge audience reaction.
The businessman has also put together a group of about 20 individuals who will support him in his upcoming presidential campaign.
If the entrepreneur runs for office, former Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Kathy Barnette might lead his possible grassroots campaign, and Tricia McLaughlin, who worked on Mike DeWine’s 2022 reelection campaign in Ohio, will serve as his press secretary, according to Politico.
Additionally, he has engaged Rex Elsass’ political consulting firm, where Ben Yoho, Elsass’ top deputy, will serve as the “CEO,” to manage his future campaign.
An experienced Republican consultant in Ohio named Mark Weaver told Bloomberg that Ramaswamy, who has never held elective office, should instead run for Sherrod Brown’s vacant US Senate seat the next year.