There are plenty of RINOs left in the Republican Party. And they do everything in their power to stop America First conservatives.
But this GOP presidential candidate bucked the RNC in a stunning twist.
Vivek Ramaswamy, a 2024 presidential candidate, has agreed to debate Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), the latest example of a trend in which Republican candidates or political personalities agree to debate members of the other party.
Ramaswamy agreed to debate Khanna after saying that the Republican National Committee blocked him and other GOP contender and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie from having a “open debate” during the second RNC debate on September 27.
Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of X (previously Twitter), proposed that the two debate live on the social media site.
The RNC won’t let the GOP candidates do it, but I’d go for it with a smart Democrat who’s willing.
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) October 4, 2023
Ramaswamy, on the other hand, stated that he would be unable to do so due to RNC rules, but he is willing to “go for it with a smart Democrat who’s willing.”
As you may already know, the RNC restricts any debate between GOP candidates that aren’t monitored and put-on by the RNC itself.
It helps them keep a tighter grasp on the narrative, and, frankly, justify their jobs.
But the rules say nothing about debating Democrats.
For Khanna’s part, he chipped in, accepting Ramaswamy’s offer on Wednesday.
“The University of Chicago Institute of Politics wants to have a civil discourse with the two of us on race, identity, and the American dream. I accepted. I assume, as a speech advocate, you’re game @VivekGRamaswamy?” the California congressman said on X.
The University of Chicago Institute of Politics wants to have a civil discourse with the two of us on race, identity and the American dream. I accepted. I assume, as a speech advocate, you’re game @VivekGRamaswamy? https://t.co/k9jWvzMwkY
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) October 11, 2023
Ramaswamy referred to Khanna as a “solid dude” and stated that he would be “glad to have a discussion at some point, just need to balance it in the context of campaign priorities.”
“If you are willing to do it in New Hampshire, I’m game,” Ramaswamy remarked.
Ramaswamy stated that he agreed to have a “unfiltered discussion” about racism in America with Cornel West, who just quit the Green Party to run as an independent presidential candidate.
“He pulled out, so I think they called you after that,” the business owner explained.
Ramaswamy is polling fourth, with a 6.2% RealClearPolitics average. He is trailed by former President Donald Trump (58.3%), Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) (12.9%), and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (7.6%).
Ramaswamy, DeSantis, Christie, and Haley all received approximately 11% to 13% of the vote in a September CNN/University of New Hampshire poll.
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