An old tennis instructor of Vivek Ramaswamy’s famously instructed him to “win or leave blood on the court.”
The biotech tycoon is definitely making a mess of things, criticising Republican chair Ronna McDaniel, competitor Nikki Haley, the media, and practically everyone else save Donald Trump whenever he gets the chance.
Getting the victory is the toughest part.
Although the polls don’t support Ramaswamy’s prediction of a third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, his campaign is clearly setting a high standard for his performance. If he finishes lower than that, HEADLINESFOREVER will face a difficult decision on Monday night.
So, the bold 38-year-old who comes in fourth place here—what exactly is his plan?
Ben Yoho, CEO of Ramaswamy’s operation, stated, “It’s a really simple answer: The people that we’ve identified said they’re gonna caucus for Vivek, they just need to show up.” Our chances of finishing in the top three are really high, in my opinion. Ever since the beginning, this campaign has been based on data.
Neither Haley nor Ron DeSantis are in the race for second place; Yoho chose not to comment on whether Ramaswamy will win.
What if Ramaswamy loses to Haley or DeSantis and comes in fourth place? Is it still the case that his campaign will use data?
“Definitely. Totally. Yoho stated that they will handle it state by state.
He further stated, “We’re playing to win,” while adding, “We’ll take it day by day.”
Indeed, Ramaswamy is really dedicated to the bit, recording numerous incidents daily. Including earlier unexpected caucus winners like Rick Santorum, he has made more visits to Pizza Ranches—an Iowa chain that supports GOP candidates—than any other contender in the race’s history.
Even in the last stretch, Ramaswamy continues to attract large audiences. About 150 people crammed into a hot conference room at a Comfort Inn here on Friday night, despite a blizzard warning and travel advisories. When asked if he planned to remain in the race for the long haul, he responded by saying that he would probably keep recording his podcast as president in what he described as fireside chats similar to FDR’s.
“We are still seeing high yield from the events,” Yoho stated. “And that’s why we do ten instead of Nikki Haley’s one or two per day.”
Despite his low poll numbers, trash talk, and embracing of conspiracy theories, Ramaswamy remains an engaging character for GOP audiences.
Ramaswamy addressed the reality of January 6, the source of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the laptop scandal involving Hunter Biden in his last Iowa ad.
Republican operative David Kochel of Iowa has long speculated that he may become the next Alex Jones.
His camp maintains that Ramaswamy is not being fully counted in the current polls, which put him in fourth position.
“We decided that we are going to build our own coalition from day one,” Yoho said, referring to first-time caucus goers who, in his opinion, are not properly registering in early state ballots.
Despite Ramaswamy’s denials, some of the most informed operatives have speculated that he is seeking the position of vice president under Trump.
According to Kochel, “you’re already voting for Donald Trump” if they intend to meet Vivek Ramaswamy. It will be fruitless unless he resolves to defend himself, not Trump. He’s a horse that hunts.