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The article from Fox News discusses GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy 's recent comments about former President Donald Trump, particularly in relation to the upcoming GOP debate. Here are the main points:
- Ramaswamy's Change in Stance: Vivek Ramaswamy has shifted his position on Donald Trump's participation in the GOP debates. Over the weekend, he stated that he has "no problem" with Trump, the GOP frontrunner, skipping the initial primary debates. Despite previously asserting in May that if Trump didn't attend the debates, it would indicate he's not the same candidate he once was, Ramaswamy now says he's "fine" with Trump's potential absence. He views the debate as an opportunity to introduce himself to the country and is indifferent to Trump's decision on participation.
- Previous Comments: A clip from May 5 highlighted Ramaswamy's earlier expectations for Trump to be present at the debate. He had said, "I fully expect to see Donald Trump on that debate stage... It is my expectation Trump will be there because as I’ve known him he’s not a man that I know of to be afraid. He’s not somebody who’s made a habit of himself to be a coward." He also mentioned that if Trump doesn't attend the debate, it would be the best evidence that the current Trump is not the same as the 2016 version.
- Ramaswamy's Campaign's Response: When questioned about the apparent change in stance, Ramaswamy's campaign mentioned that his recent comments are "not a departure at all" from his previous statement. The communications director, Tricia McLaughlin, emphasized that this isn't the only debate.
- Trump's Participation: As of the article's publication, Trump has not confirmed his participation in the first GOP debate hosted by Fox News in Milwaukee. The Republican National Committee requires every candidate to sign a pledge to support the GOP's eventual presidential nominee and not to participate in any unsanctioned debate. Trump has yet to sign this pledge, stating in an earlier interview that there are several individuals he wouldn't support for president.
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