Former President Trump is already hinting at a potential role for former GOP rival Vivek Ramaswamy in his team. This announcement was made at a New Hampshire rally on Tuesday, following Monday’s Iowa caucuses.
Just one day after suspending his own presidential campaign, Ramaswamy appeared alongside Trump in Atkinson and expressed his full support for the GOP frontrunner.
As Ramaswamy concluded his comments, several Trump supporters could be heard chanting “Veep!” Trump reacted to Ramaswamy’s remarks, stating, “He’s a fantastic guy.
He’s got something that’s very special because he started off with a zippo and he ended up very strong. He did a great job. I was actually surprised when he called because he was doing well. And it’s an honor to have his endorsement.”
Trump further added, “He’s going to be working with us, and he’ll be working with us for a long time,” which prompted cheers from the crowd. Ramaswamy himself responded to Trump’s comments on social media, writing “America-First. One movement. Indivisible.”
It remains unclear whether Trump was alluding to a possible position for Ramaswamy in his presidential campaign or a hypothetical Trump administration. When asked by Fox News’ Jesse Watters after the rally if he would serve as vice president, Ramaswamy responded by saying, “I want to serve this country any way I can.”
Ramaswamy threw his support behind Trump after a disappointing turnout at the Iowa caucuses, where he placed a distant fourth with roughly 8% of the vote. In contrast, the former president shattered contested primary records with 51% support.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley finished second and third with 21% and 19% of the vote, respectively. Both candidates are continuing to campaign in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Ramaswamy is now urging both DeSantis and Haley to drop out of the race and rally behind Trump ahead of the general election.
As Trump mentioned at the rally, Ramaswamy entered the race with virtually zero name recognition but outlasted several big-name Republicans, including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, and former Vice President Mike Pence.
While the Iowa caucuses didn’t go as planned for Ramaswamy, it wasn’t due to a lack of effort. His campaign proudly announced that he had completed the “Full Grassley” twice, meaning he had visited all of Iowa’s 99 counties at least two times. Additionally, he held more campaign events than any other candidate running in the Hawkeye State.
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