EXCLUSIVE – Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy made another endorsement in Iowa as State Treasurer Roby Smith announced his support for the candidate.
Ramaswamy, the political outsider who has seen a surge in the polls in recent months, now has the support of Smith and state Sen. Scott Webster at the home of the nation’s first caucus.
“As Treasurer of Iowa, my primary concern is economic development. “Vivek has been a leading crusader against crony capitalism like ESG and CBDCs that threaten our Republic. We need a president who fully understands these issues to fight them, protect capitalism, and revive our country. I am proud to endorse Vivek Ramaswamy for President.”
Webster first endorsed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, switched his support to Ramaswamy in June.
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Ramaswamy created several viral moments at the Iowa State Fair this month. One was his foray into rap during a “Fair-Side Chat” with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, performing Eminem’s hit song “Lose Yourself.”
Another moment showed the candidate interacting with an activist who confronted him on LGBTQ issues. Ramaswamy laid out his broad vision by opposing “minority tyranny” in various culture war debates.
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There has been chatter about who will get Reynolds’ endorsement as he recently welcomed candidates at the Iowa State Fair other than former President Donald Trump, who clashed with the popular governor for not endorsing his candidacy.
Ramaswamy still has a long road ahead of him, especially in Iowa as he is currently polling in fourth place with an average of 5.5%, according to RealClearPolitics. Trump maintains a strong lead against the field averaging 43.5%. DeSantis trails him with 16.8% while South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott averaged 10.5%.
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Trump’s GOP rivals are hoping for a breakout moment in the first Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Although the former president has indicated that he will not participate in any of the debates, the debate stage will not be short of candidates. Ramaswamy was joined by DeSantis, Scott, former Vice President Mike Pence, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and businessman Perry Johnson.
The debate will air live on August 23 at 9 pm ET on Fox News Channel.