Vivek G. Ramaswamy, a conservative entrepreneur, author, and activist, announced that he will run for the Republican nomination for president in 2024. He made the announcement during an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News on Tuesday evening.
Ramaswamy will be trying to overcome low name recognition in a primary race already dominated by former President Donald Trump, former Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and possibly Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
He founded the biopharmaceutical company Roivant Sciences in 2014 and is the author of “Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam,” and “Nation of Victims: Identity Politics, the Death of Merit, and the Path Back to Excellence.”
Over the past few years he has become a champion against woke-focused capitalism, environmental, social, and governance movements in corporations, big tech censorship, and critical race theory.
Ramaswamy, a 37-year-old son of immigrants from India, was born in 1985 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was valedictorian of his high school graduating class. He graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in biology and later earned a law degree from Yale Law School. He is the first Republican millennial candidate for president for 2024. Like Trump in 2016, Ramaswamy has no prior experience in elected office.
“We are in the middle of this national identity crisis, Tucker, where we have celebrated our differences for so long that we forgot all the ways we are really just the same as Americans bound by a common set of ideals that set this nation into motion 250 years ago,” he told Carlson. “”I think we need to put ‘merit’ back into ‘America’ in every spirit of our lives,” continued Ramaswamy, who said he will end affirmative action in “every sphere of American life.”
He launched his first campaign video at about the same time he gave his interview to Carlson. In it, he says he believes in merit, free speech, American exceptionalism, and accountability.