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Here's a summary of the article from IJR regarding Vivek Ramaswamy 's comments:
- Title: "Only Person Not 'Bought And Paid For,' Vivek Ramaswamy Says"
- Author: Elizabeth Weibel
- Date: August 23, 2023
- Ramaswamy's Claim: Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy claimed that he was the only person on the debate stage not "bought and paid for."
- Climate Change Statement: In response to a question about whether the candidates believed human behavior was affecting climate change, Ramaswamy labeled the climate change agenda as a "hoax." He reiterated, “Let us be honest, as Republicans, I’m the only person on this stage who isn’t bought and paid for so I can say this. The climate change agenda is a hoax.”
- Public Reaction: A tweet mentioned in the article indicates that Ramaswamy's statement on climate change being a hoax was met with boos from the audience.
- Ramaswamy's Further Comments: He elaborated on his stance, stating that the anti-carbon agenda is detrimental to the economy. He also claimed that more people are dying from bad climate change policies than from actual climate change.
- Addressing Young People's Concerns: The moderators played a video from Alexander Diaz at the Catholic University of America, highlighting that young people are deeply concerned about climate change. Diaz asked how the candidates would address fears that the Republican Party doesn't care about the issue. The article does not specify Ramaswamy's response to this particular question.