Republican rivals pile on Vivek Ramaswamy AGAIN: Tim Scott and Mike Pence tear into entrepreneur for doing business with China – the ‘same people that funded Hunter Biden’
- Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy again became a punching bag at Wednesday’s second Republican primary debate
- South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott swatted at Ramaswamy for going into business in China
- Scott said that Ramaswamy got money from ‘the same people that funded Hunter Biden millions of dollars’
Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy again became a punching bag at Wednesday’s second Republican primary debate as several of his opponents went after him for doing business in China.
The assault started with Sen. Tim Scott seguing from a birthright citizenship question to bopping the 38-year-old political newcomer on the head.
The pile-on continued with digs coming from former Vice President Mike Pence and briefly former U.N. Amb. Nikki Haley.
Scott had mentioned Ramaswamy called his six rivals onstage ‘good people’ tonight after referring to them as ‘bought and paid for’ at the first GOP debate last month in Milwaukee.
‘I thought about that for a little while and said, “You know I can’t imagine how you could say that knowing that you were just in business with the Chinese Communist Party and the same people that funded Hunter Biden millions of dollars were partners of yours as well,”‘ Scott said from the Simi Valley, California debate stage.
Vivek Ramaswamy (left) responds after South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (right) went after him on the Simi Valley debate stage over doing business in China, including with the same family that Hunter Biden did business with
Ramaswamy argued ‘these are good people who are tainted by a broken system’ as several candidates, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, spoke over him.
DeSantis chimed in arguing that Ramaswamy’s business in China was a well-trodden topic, adding, ‘let’s focus on holding Joe Biden accountable.
Ramaswamy appeared to appreciate the assist, but the strike wasn’t over.
‘I agree with Ron DeSantis on China,’ Ramaswamy said. ‘When every other CEO expanded into the Chinese market you know what I did with my first company? We opened a subsidiary in China.’
‘But you know what I did that was different than every other company, we got the hell out of there,’ Ramaswamy said.
Haley then inserted: ‘Right before you ran for president!’
The candidates continued to yell over each other as Ramaswamy said it was earlier than that and when he launched his more recent company he ‘made a commitment we would never do business in China.’
‘I was interrupted by a lot of people,’ Ramaswamy complained.
He tried to shut down Scott by saying, ‘from one admirer of Ronald Reagan to another.’
The trio of moderators finally moved on to Pence, asking him a question about Dreamers, but the former VP was ready for Ramaswamy too.
‘Well first let me say I’m glad Vivek pulled out of his business deal in 2018 in China,’ Pence said with a sly smile. ‘That must have been about the time he decided to start voting in presidential elections.’