Ramaswamy says he is not interested in joining a Trump administration

 December 25, 2023

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy recently dismissed the idea of joining a Trump administration, should former President Donald Trump win the presidential election in 2024. 

Ramaswamy did so, according to the Washington Examinerduring a recent appearance on the Fox News Channel.

There, Ramaswamy said that he is "not a plan B person."

He also insisted that he is going to perform better in the upcoming Republican primaries than the polls would suggest.

"I'm not a plan B person"

During his Fox News appearance, on Sunday, host Maria Bartiromo asked Ramaswamy whether he would be interested in taking a position in the Trump administration should Trump win the presidency in 2024.

"I’m not a plan B person, Maria. I didn’t get to where I am; I’m 38 years old. I’ve founded multiple multi-billion dollar companies. We’re blessed with the American dream to be able to self-finance and lift this campaign up. I didn't get to where I am, and Apoorva didn’t get to where she is by being plan B people," Ramaswamy said.

He went on to say that he is "confident" that he is going to "over-deliver massively" in the upcoming Republican primaries.

"I’m actually confident we’re going to over-deliver massively at the Iowa caucus," Ramaswamy said.

Ramaswamy did not explain where it is that this confidence is coming from.


Former President Trump continues to dominate Republican presidential primary polls, leading his next closest rival by over 50 percentage points, according to Real Clear Politics. Ramaswamy, on the other hand, is polling in the single digits.

It is because of Trump's massive lead that talk has mostly turned to whom Trump might choose to be his running mate.

Two of Trump's Republican rivals - Ramaswamy and Nikki Haley - have been suggested as possibilities. Both, however, have balked at the idea, insisting that - despite what the polls are showing - they still have a good chance at winning the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

In this regard, Haley is doing significantly better than Ramaswamy. Haley currently sits in third place, in Republican presidential primary polls, and she has been gaining ground on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who is in second place. Still, if one were to add together DeSantis's, Haley's, and Ramaswamy's support it would still not equal Trump's support.

The big question is going to be how DeSantis, Haley, and the others react if the polling turns out to be correct and Trump dominates early Republican caucuses and primaries. A safe bet is that, then, they'll be much more interested in entertaining the possibility of joining a Trump administration.

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