Kevin Bae

Non-Social in a Socially Networked World

Vivek Ramaswamy interviewed by Bari Weiss on the Honestly podcast

Bari does a pretty good job of pressing Ramaswamy on some issues and some of his more controversial statements. It’s still not the challenge I’m looking for where a journalist is completely adversarial to him. I’d like to see how he responds to that. I don’t think we will see that until he gets above double digits in the polls or at least passes Ron DeSantis.

I’m impressed with Ramaswamy’s ability to, seemingly off the top of his head, answer detailed questions about his policies and how he would implement a dismantling of the administrative state. I’ve never heard a candidate explain the plausibility of his policy proposals in such a clear and concise way.

The podcast is worth a listen just to hear some refreshing views on our nation, its founding, and what our national identity and purpose could be.

Why, I asked him in today’s episode of Honestly, would voters would go for New Coke when they can have the original? He said this: “Do you want a two-liter bottle that’s been in the fridge and doesn’t have the same fizz that it did when you first popped the cork?” He added: “I’ve got fresh legs. I’m 37. I’m going further than Trump did. And I think the part that’s most persuasive is the truth: thirty percent of this country becomes psychiatrically ill, maybe deranged, when Trump is in office.”

Ramaswamy tells me that he thinks he has what it takes not just to beat Trump and win the Republican nomination, but to win the White House. If he does, as he points out, he’d be the youngest American president ever elected.

I urge you to listen to the whole conversation. We talk about his radical plans to shutter the Department of Education and the FBI; why he’s an “owl” when it comes to China; why he admires Bernie Sanders; the culture war; and, oh, he raps.

Vivek Ramaswamy Wants a Second American Revolution – The Free Press

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