Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is calling on the Republican National Committee to schedule a fifth Republican for January, just before the Iowa Caucuses. Ramaswamy has called for the hypothetical debate to be streamed exclusively on X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter, and floated Tucker Carlson as a potential moderator.
“If there’s a January GOP debate, it should be hosted on X, not on cable TV, moderated by a someone like [Tucker Carlson] who might just ask questions that primary voters actually care about,” Ramaswamy wrote in an X post. “The RNC says they want to reach younger voters & new audiences? Well, that’s how you do it.”
If there’s a January GOP debate, it should be hosted on X, not on cable TV, moderated by a someone like @TuckerCarlson who might just ask questions that primary voters actually care about. The RNC says they want to reach younger voters & new audiences? Well, that’s how you do it.
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) November 24, 2023
Ramaswamy has repeatedly clashed with RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel in the weeks following another lackluster showing for the GOP on Election Day.
During the last Republican debate, which was hosted by NBC, Ramaswamy called for a change in tactics, as well as the resignation of McDaniel. “I think there’s something deeper going on in the Republican Party here, and I am upset about what happened last night. We’ve become a party of losers at the end of the day. We’ve canceled the Republican establishment,” he said. “Let’s speak the truth. I mean since Ronna McDaniel took over as chairwoman of the RNC in 2017, we have lost 2018, 2020, 2022 no red wave that never came. We got trounced last night in 2023 and I think that we have to have accountability in our party.”
The political newcomer later appeared to be embroiled in a heated argument with the RNC chair after the debate concluded.
Keeping with the theme of his recent X post, Ramaswamy also took aim at the RNC for allowing networks and moderators who have shown bias towards conservatives to moderate Republican debates.
“Think about who’s moderating this debate. This should be Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan, and Elon Musk, we’d have ten times the viewership asking questions that GOP primary voters actually care about and bringing more people into our party,” the presidential hopeful declared, drawing applause. “Do you think the Democrats, and we’ve got Kristen Welker here, do you think the Democrats would actually hire Greg Gutfeld to host a Democratic debate? They wouldn’t do it.”