US Presidential Election | Indian-American Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy Gains Popularity in Republican Presidential Debate

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy in Manhattan, on April 26, 2023. (Photo: Ahmed Gaber/The New York Times)

In a recent Republican Party presidential candidates’ debate in the United States, Indian-American billionaire biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy impressed viewers and saw a surge in popularity. This newfound popularity has translated into a significant increase in online fundraising for his campaign.

Ramaswamy’s campaign team reported that the 38-year-old presidential candidate raised over $450,000 following the debate. The average donation contributed was approximately $38.

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During the debate, Ramaswamy faced tough competition from his three leading rivals: former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Vice President Mike Pence, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. In the absence of Donald Trump, Ramaswamy was widely considered to have won the debate, according to reports from ‘Popular Axis.’

The initial poll conducted after the debate revealed that 28% of the 504 respondents believed that Ramaswamy performed the best, followed closely by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with 27%, and Pence with 13%. Indian-American Nikki Haley garnered 7% of the votes.

According to ‘Fox News,’ Vivek Ramaswamy was the most searched ‘GOP’ candidate on Google following the first Republican presidential debate. He was closely followed by fellow Indian American Nikki Haley. ‘The Wall Street Journal’ reported that Ramaswamy made significant headlines during the debate, with its editorial board critiquing his foreign policy proposals and suggesting that they might not secure him the White House.

NBC News described the debate as “The Vivek Ramaswamy Show,” highlighting his role as a defender of Donald Trump but also noting criticisms about his inexperience and foreign policy skills. Despite the competition from his rivals, Ramaswamy’s performance in the debate has certainly made him a noteworthy figure in the Republican primary race.

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