2024

‘First In The South’: Vivek Ramaswamy Makes It Official

“Anti-woke CEO” comes to South Carolina to talk foreign policy …

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Ohio entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy – the self-proclaimed chief executive officer of America’s “anti-woke” movement – will formally file his “First in the South” paperwork this week, officially becoming a candidate in South Carolina’s pivotal presidential preference primary this February.

Ramaswamy, 38, will spend the entire day in the early-voting Palmetto State – participating in a pair of town hall events in Rock Hill and Spartanburg.

Ramaswamy’s first town hall is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. EDT at Winthrop University (701 Oakland Avenue) in Rock Hill, S.C. His second event – which will reportedly focus on foreign policy – will be held at Wofford College’s historic Old Main/ Leonard Auditorium (429 N. Church Street) in Spartanburg, S.C. at 6:00 p.m. EDT.

Ramaswamy’s foreign policy address comes at a moment of peak geopolitical unrest. In addition to rising tensions in the South China Sea (stoked by one of Ramaswamy’s rivals) and an increasingly costly American proxy war against Russia in Eastern Europe, the Middle East has once again exploded in violence.

Over the weekend, militants from Palestinian nationalist group Hamas – with support from the Islamic Republic of Iran – launched a surprise attack against Israel that killed hundreds and has plunged the entire region into chaos.

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Israel’s defense minister Yoav Gallant has ordered a “complete siege” of the Gaza Strip in response.

“We are fighting barbarians and will respond accordingly,” Gallant said.

Israel has also threatened to cut off electricity, fuel, food and water to the Gaza Strip – which is home to an estimated three million Palestinians.

Ramaswamy has been assailed on the foreign policy front by former South Carolina governor – and fellow 2024 GOP contender – Nikki Haley. During the first GOP debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in August, Haley told Ramaswamy “you have no foreign policy experience, and it shows.”

In the second debate last month in Simi Valley, California, Haley slammed Ramaswamy again saying “every time I hear you, I feel a little bit dumber for what you say.”

Never missing an opportunity to beat the war drum, Haley made no secret of where she stood on the Hamas attack on Israel.

“This is a fight between good and evil,” Haley said during an appearance on Sunday in Sioux City, Iowa. “We will always stand with the Jewish people. You can’t destroy what God has blessed – and God has blessed Israel.”

According to the latest aggregate polling data from RealClearPolitics, Haley has moved into second place in her home state of South Carolina with the support of 15.3 percent of GOP primary voters – edging ahead of Florida governor Ron DeSantis (11.3 percent). Former U.S. president Donald Trump remains the runaway frontrunner in the Palmetto State, however, with the support of 47.8 percent of the Republican electorate.

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6 comments

Griftonomics 101 October 9, 2023 at 10:50 am

Everything about this guy screams used car salesman. Shady as hell.

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George Santos October 9, 2023 at 1:46 pm

I wouldn’t trust that guy to rent out beach umbrellas.

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Lird October 9, 2023 at 6:44 pm

My thought was game show host.

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Observer (the real one) October 9, 2023 at 8:27 pm

Yep!

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Frank October 10, 2023 at 11:19 am

True, but Republicans vote for Donald Trump, who is all those things and worse. Republicans love big-mouthed assholes and grifters. Now he is a little dark for most of them but if he bashes gay people, poor people, and minorities enough they may be able to overlook that.

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George October 12, 2023 at 12:17 am

He will be the greatest president America have ever had.
He is the one of the greatest thinker of all time and will change the whole world not only America for the betterment of whole humane race.
He is the one of the most intelligent person we ever known in the human history.
Just given here one known example known to all but may not be notice its significant.
He has given over 1000 of hours of speeches, answering wide tropics of questions from hundreds of journalists, politicians, intellectuals. He didn’t take fraction of second to answer any questions with a speed without any filler to think and quality of most sophisticated high-end English with most sophisticated pronunciation being a bilingual. Go and watch the transcript of all of his speeches and answers. It can be send directly to press for publication without a proof-reading [obviously based on subject matter], that is not possible for any one in this earth. Think yourself one such person in anywhere in the world. His idea, thinking even beyond our imagination. Whatever he is doing is betterment of all of us.
We just have to wait and watch.

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