Ramaswamy says he would not serve as Trump running mate

 August 20, 2023

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said that he would not be interested in serving as former President Donald Trump's running mate in 2024.

Ramaswamy shared the response during an interview on "Cavuto Live" on Saturday.

"I've been very clear. I'm not interested in a different position in the government. Frankly, I'd drive change through the private sector sooner than becoming a number two or a number three in the federal government. That's not about ego," he said.

"If this were about my quest for personal power, sure, that makes sense. But that's not what this is about. This is about reviving our missing national identity, reaching the next generation of Americans who are badly disaffected from politics," he continued.

Shooting down rumors

"He'll go anywhere. It's the exact opposite of Biden's basement strategy," Fox Business host Stuart Varney said.

"I don't think he can win the presidency but watch him make waves at next week's debate on Fox. Then let's see if Trump picks him for vice president," he added.

Other contenders

A growing list of options for Trump's potential running mate has received recent attention.

“I am running for president, I’m not running for vice president, I’m not running for a cabinet position," GOP candidate Larry Elder said.

"However in the unlikely event I’m not the party nominee, and if Trump or DeSantis or one of the other persons call and ask me to be vice president, I will take the call. I won’t let it go to voicemail," he added.

Other rumored options mentioned in the media include Byron Donalds, Kristi Noem, Kari Lake, and Marjorie Taylor Greene. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has already said he would not serve under Trump.

Trump will first have to win the nomination before selecting a running mate. He holds a wide lead in the polls but a series of legal battles and months before the first primary means a lot could still happen before any running mate gets an official call about running on a 2024 Trump ticket.

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