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The article from Business Insider discusses GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and his views on attracting a diverse set of voters for the 2024 election. Here are the key points from the article:
- Vivek Ramaswamy's Stance: Ramaswamy believes he can appeal to "voters of diverse shades of melanin" by focusing on economic issues. He expressed confidence in winning the White House by concentrating on the economy.
- Fox News Interview: During an appearance on Fox News, Ramaswamy referenced a recent Politico report that highlighted the dissatisfaction of Black and Hispanic voters with the economic performance under President Joe Biden. In a focus group with minority voters, many described their views on the economy using terms like "discouraged" and "pessimistic", despite some positive economic indicators like stronger-than-expected jobs reports.
- Ramaswamy's Perspective: He sees this dissatisfaction as a significant opportunity for the Republican Party. He stated, "If I'm the nominee, as I expect and hope to be, we will bring along voters of diverse shades of melanin in droves and win this election in a landslide ." He further commented that many Americans, regardless of their race, feel deceived and believe that the economy is underperforming. He emphasized that their experiences aren't different just because they are exposed to politics of racial division.
- Background on Ramaswamy: Vivek Ramaswamy is a 38-year-old entrepreneur raised by Indian immigrants. He began his campaign in February with little name recognition but has since gained traction. He often ranks third in the GOP race, behind former President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida. According to the FiveThirtyEight average of national Republican presidential polls, Trump leads with 53.7%, followed by DeSantis at 14.8%, and Ramaswamy at 8.4%.
- Campaign Activities: Ramaswamy has been actively campaigning in early nominating states like Iowa and New Hampshire. However, he faced criticism from Will Hurd, another Republican presidential candidate and former Texas congressman, after Ramaswamy labeled Juneteenth a "useless" holiday, despite previously marking it as a "celebration of the American dream."
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