Indian-American entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy’s popularity and online fundraising surged Thursday, a day after the first Republican presidential debate.
According to the Ramaswamy campaign, the 38-year-old presidential candidate raised more than $450,000, with an average donation of $38, in the first hour after the debate.
The entrepreneur-turned-politician was hit hard by three of his main rivals: former New Jersey Governor Chris Christies, former Vice President Mike Pence and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
“In Trump’s absence, Ramaswamy leads the Republican Party debate,” the popular Axis reported. The first poll released after the debate indicated that 28 percent of 504 respondents said Ramaswamy had the best record. He was followed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, with 27 percent, and Pence (13 percent). Haley received a seven percent vote.
According to Fox News, Ramaswamy was the most Googled Republican candidate for the first Republican presidential debate. He was followed by fellow Indian-American Haley. The two Indian-Americans stood side by side on the debate stage.
“Vivek Ramaswamy is in the spotlight during the first Republican primary debate,” the Wall Street Journal reported. His editorial board criticized his foreign policy proposals and said it would not get him into the White House.
“Vivek Ramaswamy, the 38-year-old political novice, commanded attention during Wednesday’s prime-time GOP presidential debate, but there was little sign that he or any other candidate had found a new strategy to overcome the favorite Donald Trump,” the report said. declared the financial daily.
“With unchecked confidence and insults, the biotech entrepreneur dragged his rivals into skirmishes that dominated the first Republican debate,” wrote the New York Times. “He arrived hot, castigating his rivals, smiling widely and showing little deference to the most experienced candidates on stage,” writes the daily.
NBC news described the first debate as the “Vivek Ramaswamy Show.”
“That’s our main takeaway from last night’s first Republican presidential debate, in which political newcomer Ramaswamy took over as Donald Trump’s defender – but also bore the brunt of his rivals’ attacks on his inexperience and foreign policy positions,” the news channel reported. According to him, Mr. Ramaswamy was attacked 11 times by his rivals during the debate.
According to Messenger – a growing online news portal – the debate led to a surge in Mr Ramaswamy’s popularity.
“Vivek Ramaswamy fought with Mike Pence. He fought Chris Christie. And he fought with Nikki Haley. The candidate and entrepreneur by far dominated the debate stage Wednesday night, using his aberrant political views to attract “Ramaswamy also gave his rivals an opponent to attack without alienating Trump supporters or elevating second-place DeSantis,” he said.
Mr. Ramaswamy appeared confident after the debate and told reporters that there would soon be just two candidates left in the race, him and former President Donald Trump. On the debate stage, he described Trump as one of the best presidents of the 21st century.
“I was clearly the winner of the evening. But we’re just getting started. (…) My feeling is that everything went very well. Soon it will be a two-horse race between Trump and me,” Mr. Ramaswamy said. journalists.
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