DNC Statement on Vivek Ramaswamy’s CNN Town Hall

Ahead of Vivek Ramaswamy’s CNN town hall in Iowa tonight, DNC National Press Secretary Sarafina Chitika released the following statement:

“Any self-respecting person who had been humiliated as often as Vivek Ramaswamy would have the common sense to stay out of the spotlight, but he just can’t seem to get enough of embarrassing himself on the national stage. As his chances of winning the race for the MAGA base disappear, Ramaswamy has only become more extreme in a desperate plea for attention — embracing bizarre conspiracy theories and vowing to take Donald Trump’s MAGA agenda even further. If you have to tune in at all, we recommend watching on mute tonight.”

Ramaswamy has lined up with his fellow 2024 Republicans in railing against the Affordable Care Act.

Ramaswamy: “I think Obamacare has been a disaster.”

Ramaswamy supports cruel abortion bans and said he is open to being convinced of the constitutionality of a national abortion ban. 

Washington Examiner: “Entrepreneur and author Vivek Ramaswamy came out in favor of an abortion ban ‘around six weeks’ of gestation at the state level.”

Ramaswamy on whether he’s “of the same position” as Ron DeSantis with Florida’s six-week ban: “I think that’s a reasonable bill for him to have signed, absolutely.”

NBC News on Iowa’s six-week abortion ban: “Ramaswamy, who went to the Capitol building to support the session, faced hecklers during an interview. ‘I think it’s an historic occasion,’ Ramaswamy said, adding that it was ‘a celebration of the pro-life position that I share.’”

Ramaswamy: “I remain open minded to any constitutional scholar convincing me of the legal basis for the federal government, which I believe has no authority to codify Roe v. Wade into law, to codify a federal abortion ban into law either. I remain open minded.”

Daily Signal: “The Daily Signal has learned that the presidential candidate is reportedly discussing with scholars whether federal protections for the unborn would be constitutional. ‘He is open to the constitutional argument for a federal abortion ban,’ campaign manager Tricia McLaughlin told The Daily Signal on Thursday. Last week, Ramaswamy discussed abortion on the ‘All-In Podcast’ where he said that he believed Roe v. Wade to be unconstitutional and described himself as ‘personally pro-life.’”

Ramaswamy is deeply unserious and in over his head on every foreign policy issue — he has called repeatedly to reduce or end aid to Israel and used antisemitic tropes to downplay the October 7 attack on our ally. 

Washington Free Beacon: “Ramaswamy: Cut Off Aid to Israel After 2028”

Jerusalem Post: “US must reduce aid given to Israel, Republican candidate Ramaswamy says”

The Hill: “[Ramaswamy] has said that he would negotiate an Abraham Accords 2.0 that he contended would incorporate Israel into the rest of the Middle East such that it wouldn’t be necessary to continue providing aid to the country after 2028.”

Mediaite: “GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy used an anti-Semitic trope to explain the Republican Party’s concern for Israel in the wake of a terrorist attack by Hamas that left hundreds dead and saw others kidnapped and raped over the weekend. During an interview with Tucker Carlson on Tuesday, Ramaswamy lamented that his competition for the nomination were ‘ignoring the interests of the U.S. right here at home’ as well as other conflicts around the world.”

Mediaite: “His explanation for what he implied was a ‘shameful’ and disproportionate focus on the rape, kidnapping, and murder of Jew for the crime of being Jews was ‘that there are, frankly, financial and corrupting influences that lead them exactly to speak the way they do.’

“‘That’s just the hard truth,’ added Ramaswamy who said that the reaction to the death and destruction in Israel reflected a ‘selective moral outrage.’”

Ramaswamy continues to suggest he’d let China attack Taiwan.

Ramaswamy: “Our interests include Taiwan until we have achieved semiconductor independence. … after the end of my first term, we will be in a position to say our commitments will be different. Xi Jinping will not go for Taiwan until the end of my first term.”

Washington Examiner: “Vivek Ramaswamy cuts off interview after floating plan to let China attack Taiwan after 2028”

The Dispatch: “‘I know this is a little uncouth to say,’ Ramaswamy says. ‘Once we have truly achieved semiconductor independence, I think the calculus changes.’ Does that mean the U.S. would no longer care either way whether China took over Taiwan by military force? ‘We care a lot less, yeah; we care a lot less. What I’m willing to do in that scenario is very different.’”

Ramaswamy: “My message to China is clear. Do not mess with Taiwan before 2028. And before 2028, our commitments are strong. After 2028, we have semiconductor independence. We have very different commitments, lower commitments, significantly lower commitments.”

Ramaswamy is advocating for rewarding Putin for his unjust war and promised to end America’s support of Ukraine — posing a threat to our allies and democracy itself. 

Ramaswamy: “What I think we need to do is end the Ukraine war on peaceful terms that, yes, do make some major concessions to Russia, including freezing those current lines of control in a Korean-war style armistice agreement.”

CBS News: “2024 hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy would end U.S. military support for Ukraine”

“If Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy wins the presidency, he says he would end U.S. support for Ukraine and instead broker a peace settlement between Russia and Ukraine.”

“And as part of the settlement, he said he would suspend U.S. military assistance to Ukraine, prevent Kyiv from joining NATO and lift Western sanctions against the Kremlin. He would also withdraw all troops from Ukraine and close all bases in Eastern Europe.”

Ramaswamy: “I would not send another dollar of U.S. resources to Ukraine.”

During last week’s Republican debate, Ramaswamy turned to bizarre conspiracy theories and even suggested that the January 6 insurrection was an “inside job.”

Vanity Fair: “Ramaswamy, frantically clinging to his undeserved relevance, went into all-out crank mode—confidently theorizing that the January 6 attack was an ‘inside job,’ that climate change is a ‘hoax,’ and that the ‘Great Replacement’ theory is not some racist paranoia, but a ‘basic statement of the Democratic Party platform.’”

The Messenger: “Sinking In Polls, Vivek Ramaswamy Turns To Right Wing Conspiracy Theories”

“Ramaswamy attempted to use conspiracy theories on Wednesday night as a defibrillator to resuscitate his presidential bid”

“The bombastic businessman-turned-politician entered the fourth debate on Wednesday night a diminished figure, seen as a gadfly by those on stage, a worrying joke to many top Republican operatives, and someone whose poll numbers have done nothing but sink since that first debate.

“Faced with this unenviable position of his own making, Ramaswamy turned to one of his reliable sources of Republican support, the world of right-wing conspiracy theories, using his platform to sound more like someone posting on right-wing message boards than a candidate for president.”

Ramaswamy has repeatedly ramped up his climate denialism in an effort to out-MAGA his GOP opponents who have refused to face the reality of climate change.

Linsey Davis: “Do you believe in climate change?”

Ramaswamy: “Well, I think that with due respect, I’ve talked about this in other forums, ‘Do you believe in climate change?’ is not really a meaningful question, because climate change has existed as long as the Earth has existed. Do I believe it is a fact that global surface temperatures are rising over the course of the last century and the last half century? Yes, I think that that is an established trend–”

Davis: “As president, would you do anything to try to buck that trend?”

Ramaswamy: “No is the answer.”

Politico: “Vivek Ramaswamy calls climate change agenda a ‘hoax’”

Ramaswamy: “The climate change agenda is a hoax … The reality is more people are dying of bad climate change policies than they are of actual climate change.”

Washington Post Fact Checker: “No matter how you slice it, credible research has concluded that thousands of people a year die because of the effects of climate change. We can’t find data that suggests green energy policies actually kill even more people — and Ramaswamy’s campaign did not provide any source for his claim. He earns Four Pinocchios.”

New York Times: “[Ramaswamy] similarly described ‘climatism’ as ‘prioritizing the goal of containing climate change at all costs,’ and suggested that fossil fuel and nuclear-powered advances could be used to adapt to and overcome climate change. (Climate scientists are clear that avoiding the worst effects of climate change requires moving away from fossil fuels.)”

Ramaswamy is openly running to take Donald Trump’s extreme MAGA agenda even further.

NBC News: “Biotech entrepreneur and conservative commentator Vivek Ramaswamy is vowing to take Donald Trump’s agenda ‘even further’ as he takes on the former president for the 2024 GOP nomination.”

Axios: “Vivek Ramaswamy — the little-known biotech multimillionaire who jumped into the ’24 GOP presidential race — is auditioning to be the party’s next Donald Trump, with hyper-Trumpian positions on the border, voting, culture wars and more.”

Washington Post: “Vivek Ramaswamy runs as Trump 2.0”

Ramaswamy wants to go even further than Trump’s MAGAnomics tax giveaways for the ultra-wealthy and big corporations that came at the expense of America’s middle class.

Ramaswamy on a suggestion to make permanent or expand the Trump tax cuts: “I’d go a little further, Larry, than that, to be honest with you.”

Ramaswamy’s extreme MAGA agenda includes defunding federal law enforcement and shutting down the Department of Education.

NBC News: “Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is laying out plans to shut down a number of federal government agencies if elected, starting with the FBI, Department of Education and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.”

Ramaswamy: “I think the FBI as an institution should not exist.”

Washington Post: “Billed as ‘America First 2.0,’ an argument that Trump did not go far enough in passing his policy agenda as president, Ramaswamy’s platform — which leans heavily on executive actions — includes raising the voting age to 25 unless certain requirements are met, ending affirmative action ‘in every sphere of American life,’ shutting down the FBI and trimming 75 percent of executive branch employees to reduce the size of the ‘administrative state.’