Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, who has made some noise in the Republican presidential race but is still far behind the party’s leaders, said this week he has no plans of joining a potential Trump administration.
It’s been floated that Ramaswamy, who has supported some of former President Donald Trump’s policies while on the campaign trail, could make for a good fit in a White House run by Trump if the former president were to win the 2024 election.
However, he quashed that talk this week in an interview he gave to Fox News.
“I didn’t get to where I am, and Apoorva (his wife) didn’t get to where she is by being plan B people,” he said.
The 38-year-old entrepreneur added that his focus is on the GOP primary race, where he said he’s “confident we’re going to over-deliver massively at the Iowa caucus.”
Like the other GOP candidates, Ramaswamy has been trying to ruffle feathers and make a mark among Republican voters. He’s proposed some relatively radical policies and takes hardline stances in many areas of politics.
All of that, though, hasn’t resulted in big gains at the polls. More voters have an unfavorable opinion of Ramaswamy than a favorable one, according to FiveThirtyEight. He also consistently polls fourth in the GOP race, behind both former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — and all three of them are significantly behind Trump.
This week, the Ramaswamy campaign halted its television ads in the lead-up to the Iowa caucuses, which sparked rumors that he was going to switch his focus from winning the election to getting on Trump’s good side.
That apparently won’t happen, though — unless maybe he’s tapped as Trump’s running mate.
Ramaswamy called Trump “the best president of the 21st century” during the first GOP debate over the summer. And in August, Trump said he’d consider selecting the businessman as his running mate.
For now, though, it appears that Ramaswamy will continue pressing forward with his GOP presidential bid — even if it is far-fetched that he could claim the Republican nomination.