NEW CASTLE, N.H. – As the Republican presidential nomination hopefuls gear up for the upcoming GOP primary debate, there seems to be an exception in the mix: first-time contender Vivek Ramaswamy.
With the Fox News-hosted debate scheduled for August 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, just a week away, Ramaswamy, a biotech tycoon, acclaimed author, and advocate in the culture wars, is embracing a unique approach.
Rather than extensively honing his preparations, he expresses eagerness to present himself authentically to the public.
During a recent campaign stop in New Castle, New Hampshire, Ramaswamy discussed his unconventional stance, saying, “I’m intentionally not fixating on excessive readiness.” He elaborated, “Consider my hectic schedule.
Allow me to walk you through my pre-debate routine. From Michigan to Chicago, Ohio to New Hampshire, California to Texas, Atlanta to South Carolina, then back to Ohio—culminating at the debate doorstep. This should offer insight into my distinctive approach compared to fellow candidates.”
Ramaswamy’s campaign team informed Fox News that despite his atypical methodology, he’s been diligently cramming in foreign policy briefings and engaging in rigorous discussions with his staff during flights to prepare for the initial clash. Notably, he is opting out of mock debates, a strategy some competitors are employing for their primetime performance preparation.
Envisioning a sequence of debates ahead, Ramaswamy noted, “This first debate will mark the beginning of many. I’ve already met the qualification criteria for September and quite likely October as well. Keep in mind, every other participant on that stage will have previously experienced primary and general election debates.” He emphasized, “This is my inaugural time, and I’m embracing the opportunity for a gradual start. The initial debate isn’t the culmination; rather, it initiates a process of familiarization for me.”
An advisor, acknowledging Ramaswamy’s deviation from the norm, shared insights on the campaign’s perspective. Should the neophyte candidate’s performance in the first debate not meet their expectations, the team plans to reassess their preparations for the subsequent September debate.