On Sunday, Vivek Ramaswamy, who earlier this year announced his presidential candidacy for 2024, slammed both former President Donald Trump for stating that he would skip the GOP primary debates, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his ongoing feud with Disney.
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd, Ramaswamy argued that one of the things that he always supports is the need for the party to have “free speech and open debate.” He added that the GOP cannot be a party that states “I won’t talk to you.” He further added that there are other candidates, like Ron DeSantis who would even refuse to talk to Todd because he is on NBC News, but that Ramaswamy did not believe that was the right move.
He continued by saying that he wanted to see “other Republicans rise to that occasion and do better starting with the debate stage in our own party this fall.” This would also include Trump, whom Ramaswamy said would not allow him to “get away with that.”
He continued by saying that no other candidates, including Trump, should be allowed to avoid the debate stage. He continued to state that much like Trump was shown in 2015 as an “outsider and a disruptor. I’m the outsider in this race.” This he claimed is important as the people want to see new faces join the race and they are “hungry for new blood.”
Ramaswamy also referred to DeSantis’ feud with Disney arguing that the Republican governor had “lost it.”