Vivek Ramaswamy is calling on current and any future Republican presidential candidates to pledge to support whoever becomes the party’s nominee in 2024.
The biotech millionaire and iconic anti-woke conservative who announced his candidacy this month will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. this week.
There, Ramaswamy will detail on Saturday his ‘anti-woke’ presidential platform and demand that the party come together to rally behind whoever becomes the nominee in next year’s election.
So far, former President Donald Trump and his former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley have officially announced their candidacy for president.
Ramaswamy said that he will support whoever voters decide they want to nominate as their presidential candidate for 2024 – and he is challenging his rivals to commit to the same thing.
‘Today I commit to supporting any eventual GOP nominee who adopts the Anti-Woke Policy Pledge, and I’m calling on President Trump, Nikki Haley and every potential GOP candidate to pledge the same to ensure that we win in 2024,’ Ramaswamy said in a statement on Monday.
Presidential Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is calling on current and future GOP primary contenders to commit to supporting whoever becomes the eventual nominee
The pledge echoes what the Republican National Committee (RNC) is proposing as a requirement for candidates to be able to participate in their primary debates.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel says that to be able to get on the debate stage, candidates will need to sign a pledge that they will support the eventual candidate.
She insists that Donald Trump would sign this pledge despite doubts from within the party.
Ramaswamy claims that 2023 is the time for candidates to detail what they see for the future of America.
Next year, the candidate says, voters can decide who is best to carry out that vision.
‘I am in this for the long haul: we will run a race that takes us all the way to the White House,’ Ramaswamy said. ‘I’m not a professional politician, and I couldn’t care less about the GOP party machinery. But for the sake of the country, I think it’s important for the GOP to unite around a vision to defeat wokeness and to revive American excellence.’
Ramaswamy shared with DailyMail.com during an interview in Iowa last week that part of his official platform for 2024 is putting an end to affirmative action, punishing private companies for censoring political speech and making political expression a civil right.
‘I’m all-in for America First, but to put America first, we need to rediscover what America is. Our party needs to stop obsessing over the question of the ‘who,’ and focus first on the ‘what’ and the ‘why.’ If we clearly define a pro-American agenda, we win 2024 in a landslide,’ Ramaswamy said in a statement on his upcoming CPAC speech.
‘I challenge every GOP candidate to join me in committing to the Anti-Woke Policy Pledge,’ he added. ‘Every serious GOP contender should be prepared to make and abide by these commitments, without hesitation or apology.’
His pledge includes shutting down the U.S. Department of Education and using the U.S. Military to address the southern border crisis by sending them into Mexico to ‘eliminate drug cartels.’
Ronna McDaniel assured that Trump will agree to sign a pledge supporting whichever candidate wins the 2024 GOP primary election in their race for the White House.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said she expects former President Donald Trump to sign a pledge vowing to support whoever becomes the GOP nominee in 2024
She made the comment while also demanding that her party turn its focus onto beating President Joe Biden and the Democrats rather than in-house fighting other members of the Republican Party.
‘I think they’re all going to sign it,’ the chairwoman told CNN’s State of the Union host Dana Bash on Sunday morning when asked if Trump would sign an eventual pledge.
This umbrella comment does not mention any specific candidates, but makes the assumption that Trump would put his support behind someone that could beat him in the primary elections – like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
So far, DeSantis appears to be the only GOP candidate who could oust Trump as head of the party.
McDaniel is preparing to put forward a pledge requiring all candidates who want to participate in GOP-sponsored debates agree to support whoever wins the nomination.
Everyone, including Trump, signed the pledge in 2016, she said.
McDaniel recently won her reelection bid for RNC chairwoman, but the election got heated and resulted in a series of damning attacks on her record.
‘I ran on a unity platform and about bringing the party together,’ McDaniel said. ‘And we can’t be so vicious and vitriolic with each other that we don’t want to support each other in the end. And I chose to run that way. It won.’
She said her reelection was a ‘symbol’ that the Republican Party is dedicated to unity.
McDaniel defeated her main challenger, RNC California national committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon, by a vote of 111 committee members to 51.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell received just four votes.
‘We can’t be attacking each other so much that we lose sight of, we have to beat the Democrats,’ McDaniel insisted.
‘We have to beat Joe Biden in 2024. And we may have divisive primaries and differences of opinions, but, in the end, we have to settle those to win the big picture, which is governing our country and doing the right thing by the American people.’
The GOP has denounced the Commission on Presidential Debates, claiming it is a partisan group not committed to treating candidates fairly – especially those on the Republican side.
Rather, the party will hold its own debates, but is making candidates who want to participate sign a pledge that they will fully endorse and back the eventual Republican nominee for president.
McDaniel called the potential proposal a ‘no-brainer.’
To participate in RNC debates, candidates will need to sign a pledge that they will back the eventual nominee
This means that even if Trump loses to ‘disloyal’ Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has not yet launched a White House bid, he would need to vow to support him in the 2024 election against whoever is the Democrat nominee
Some shared doubts, however, that Trump would agree to do this should he not earn the nomination.
‘If you’re going to be on the Republican National Committee debate stage asking voters to support you, you should say, ‘I’m going to support the voters and who they choose as the nominee,’ she said.
‘As RNC chair, if I said I wouldn’t support the Republican nominee, I would be removed from office. I would. I’d be rightly removed,’ she added. ‘It’d be part of our bylaws, and I would be kicked out as RNC chair.’
‘Anybody getting on the Republican National Committee debate stage should be able to say, ‘I will support the will of the voters and the eventual nominee of our party.’
When asked if she thinks Trump would sign the pledge, McDaniel said: ‘Well, he signed it in 2016. Everybody signed it in 2016.’
‘But this is about the here and the now. He didn’t commit to it,’ Bash pushed.
‘Yes, I think they’re all going to sign it. I really do,’ she speculated.
‘I think the voters are very intent on winning,’ McDaniel added. ‘And they do not want to see a debate stage of people saying, ‘I’m not going to support this guy.’ What they need to say is, ‘I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Joe Biden.’ And that means supporting the nominee of the Republican Party.’
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