Vivek Ramaswamy makes public his support for Tuberville's military stance

 September 2, 2023

Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy has joined Senator Tommy Tuberville in opposing the Pentagon's reproductive healthcare policy.

In a recent development, Vivek Ramaswamy, a Republican presidential candidate, has publicly backed Senator Tommy Tuberville's protest against the Department of Defense's reproductive healthcare policy, the Washington Examiner reported.

Background on the Pentagon's Policy

The Pentagon had announced a policy in February to reimburse travel expenses for service members seeking reproductive healthcare procedures, notably abortions, not covered by the Military Health System.

This policy was a response to the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade, leading to restrictive abortion laws in conservative states.

Senator Tuberville believes this policy is in violation of federal law and has been blocking Senate military promotions and confirmations.

Ramaswamy's Public Endorsement

Ramaswamy had a conversation with Tuberville recently, marking the first time the Senator spoke with a presidential candidate about his protest.

"I called Senator [Tuberville] earlier to thank him for his courageous stance on this issue," said Ramaswamy.

Other GOP Support and Opposition

Other prominent Republicans like Governor Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence have also supported Tuberville's stance.

However, Nikki Haley, another GOP presidential candidate, has expressed reservations about Tuberville's tactics.

"There’s got to be other ways to go about doing this," Haley commented earlier this month.

The Department of Defense argues that the policy is about healthcare access for service members, irrespective of their location.

They have indicated that they will not change their stance, similar to Tuberville's unwavering position.

Both parties are dug in, making it a contentious issue that has yet to find resolution.

Ramaswamy's Criticism of General Charles Q. Brown

Ramaswamy also criticized Gen. Charles Q. Brown, the secretary of the Air Force, for his focus on diversity and inclusion.

"We need a chairman who will make national defense about *defending* Americans again," Ramaswamy stated.

More than 300 general and flag officer nominations have been held up by the Senate due to this issue.

Three of the positions on the Joint Chief of Staff are now being filled by leaders in an acting capacity.

This is the first time that three military services are operating without Senate-confirmed leadership simultaneously.

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