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Vivek Ramaswamy Suspends 2024 Presidential Campaign, endorses Donald Trump

Biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy suspended his bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination on Monday and endorsed former President Donald Trump after finishing a distant fourth in the Iowa caucus.

“As of this moment, we are going to suspend this presidential campaign,” Ramaswamy told supporters in Iowa on Monday night.

Ramaswamy said he decided after determining there was no path forward for him in the race, “absent things that we don’t want to see happen in this country.”

Ramaswamy showed modest signs of momentum during the primary, reaching the double digits early in the primaries, but would taper off following Republican debates.  

The 38-year-old political newcomer, who sought to replicate Trump’s success as a bombastic, wealthy outsider, even reusing Trump’s “America First” idea, threw his support behind former President Donald Trump.

Ramaswamy looked to push the Republican party on policy but seemingly failed to do so. 

His policy proposals ranged from cutting the Federal Reserve workforce by at least 75%deporting American-born children of undocumented immigrantsraising the voting age to 25 and siding with Russia in the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Another issue that seemed to harm Ramaswamy in the Republican Primary was racism. Voters interviewed, including one who said, “I’m not being prejudiced, guys, but I don’t like his name. I don’t like where he came from. After 9/11, I still harbor a lot of hard feelings.” Racism seemed to turn this voter away. Ramaswamy was born and raised in the United States and his parents are Indian, not Saudi Arabian or Middle Eastern. Currently, there are no known 9/11 perpetrators of Indian background. 

Ramaswamy said he would be open to vice presidential consideration.