GOP pResidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson would be a “good addition” to the 2024 presidential race. Ramaswamy, former President Donald Trump and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are among the few declared candidates.
Ramaswamy said in an interview with Politico that he believes Carlson announcing a bid for the White House would be “good for the country.”
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“I think he would be a good addition to the race,” Ramaswamy said. “I think someone should only do this if they feel called to do it, but I think it would be good for the country if they went in, to be honest with you.”
Ramaswamy announced his candidacy for the presidency in February, seven days after Haley did. Trump announced in November. Speculation is building around Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), former GOP New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-NH) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) — people are predicting possible offers from them.
Tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
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The 37-year-old billionaire called Carlson one of the “smartest voices in the conservative movement,” applauding the former host’s ability to “deviate from party orthodoxy when necessary.”
“There is definitely a vacuum of thought leadership in the political media, across the political spectrum,” Ramaswamy told Politico. “And Tucker was one of the great political thinkers and commentators of our time.”
Fox News announced Monday that Carlson and the network agreed to “part ways.” The final episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, which began in 2016, aired Friday. Carlson will no longer produce content for Fox News.
Brian Kilmeade, co-anchor of Fox & Friends, filled in for Carlson on Fox News Tonight during Carlson’s regular prime time slot of 8 p.m. Kilmeade wished Carlson well in a brief introduction to the show.
“I wish Tucker the best,” Kilmeade said Monday night. “I’m good friends with Tucker and always will be.”
While it’s unclear what Carlson will do next, a cryptic announcement appears on his website for all viewers about his next moves. Carlson himself has remained silent on the matter, but the ad prompted people to sign up to “become a tuckercarlson.com insider to find out what Tucker is up to.”
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For Ramaswamy, Carlson moving into the 2024 presidential race would be a welcome move. He also commented on CNN’s decision to end Don Lemon.
“I think it’s a bold decision, which I applaud,” he told Politico. “It’s another example of companies gaining a backbone.”