In His Own Words: 10 Vivek Ramaswamy Truths We Can All Get Behind

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He’s young, he’s an Indian American, he’s rich, he’s a successful businessman and author, and he’s rapidly gaining attention in his run for the 2024 Republican presidential nominee. Vivek Ramaswamy has sunk $15 million of his own money into his campaign, and with an estimated net worth of $950 million, he has more to spend on his race to the top.

Ramaswamy was the second candidate to announce his intentions in the crowded Republican presidential hopeful arena. Of the 13 currently running to earn the Republican nod, he brings a commonsense approach to politics that breathes fresh life into a roomful of stale, recycled air. Like frontrunner Donald Trump’s first introduction to Washington D.C., Ramaswamy has had no prior experience on the political stage, but his success as an entrepreneur shows his dedication to capitalism and American values that conservatives crave in a leader.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, 38-year-old Ramaswamy is the youngest candidate currently in the race. With dual degrees from Harvard and Yale, the devoted husband and father of two had his conservative views shaped during his adolescence, and never looked back.

What does he stand for? Here, in his own words, are ten truths Ramaswamy wants you to know about his views and his campaign.

His first belief is that God is real. He thinks that progressive ideals, such as “transgenderism,” “climatism,” and “COVIDism,” are attempts by the left to replace something that is missing: a true religion and something real to believe in.

He believes that there are only two genders, and that gender dysphoria is a mental health issue. He believes that enabling the confusion suffered by transgenderism is a form of cruelty rather than an act of compassion.

Ramaswamy understands that fossil fuels are necessary for humans to thrive. He points out that, since the wide-spread use of fossil fuels, climate-related deaths from extreme heat and cold dropped 98% over the past one hundred years. He believes in allowing America to tap its own resources and return to energy independence.

Reverse racism is racism, and the “anti-racist” movements create more racism. He strongly disapproves of taking something away from someone and giving it to someone else based on race is the true definition of institutional racism. He is running on a platform of true equality and hoping to repeal the requirement that federal contractors use race-based hiring practices.

For Ramaswamy, an open border is no border. His fifth principle is that it’s hypocritical to send money to protect other countries’ borders while leaving the U.S. border wide open for illegal immigrants, cartels, fentanyl, and human trafficking.

Ramaswamy firmly believes that parents should be in control of what their children learn, not governmental agencies. He vows to shut down the Department of Education and reallocate those funds to school choice, school safety, and vocational programs for kids.

The nuclear family is important for Ramaswamy, and his sixth truth is that true privilege has nothing to do with the color of a person’s skin, but instead, involves being raised in a stable home.

With Ramaswamy’s successful businesses as examples of what an entrepreneurial spirit can accomplish, it’s no surprise that the presidential hopeful believes that capitalism is the key for lifting people out of poverty.

His ninth principle is that there are only three branches of government, not four. In other words, he believes that the people Americans elect to the White House no longer oversee running the government. He is seeking term limits and, if elected, to restore the government’s power back to the people Americans elect.

Ramaswamy believes that the U.S. Constitution is the strongest guarantor of freedoms in history. He points to all the lives lost in the battle for America to keep its rights to freedom, from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars to the modern conflicts of World War 1 and World War II.

A new poll from Emerson College shows Ramaswamy currently tied with DeSantis for second place behind Trump. DeSantis had held the place with a respectable 21% favorability rating but has since dropped to 10% alongside the newcomer.

Ramaswamy has risen sharply from 2% favorability to share 10% with DeSantis. He currently holds 17% of voters holding post graduate degrees, and 16% of voters under age 35. Ramaswamy’s supporters are also more loyal to him, with half saying they would “definitely” vote for him, versus only a third of DeSantis’ supporters vowing to vote for him.

Ramaswamy has a platform based on commonsense conservative values, and for moderate Republicans and Independent voters, he may well be the candidate to beat for 2024. He has already been targeted by Republicans and Democrats alike, meaning that, against all odds, he has a real shot at walking away with a 2024 victory.