Another political candidate came to Mt. Pleasant, as Vivek Ramaswamy met with citizens at Pizza Ranch on Thursday afternoon. With the republican caucus less than one month away, Ramaswamy is not slowing down his pursuit through the state, but rather multiplying it. By January 15th, he plans to complete his 2nd “full Grassley” which is visiting all 99 counties in Iowa.
The former Iowa Secretary of State, Matt Schultz, started things off introducing the candidate. He has previously worked for both Santorum and Cruz, who both won the Iowa caucus in 2012 and 2016 respectively. Ramaswamy then commented on the republican party as a whole, saying that they have “grown lazy.” He believes that the party gets angry about all things the other party stands for, yet fails to stand for what they believe in.
After mentioning that he plans to use the United States military to secure both the southern and norther border, he was met by loud applause. He also said that election day needs to be a national holiday.
“Every politician dances to the tune of their greatest donor… I am my biggest donor.”
Ramaswamy opened the room up for questions, in which he was asked about cutting the price of drugs, and what his thoughts are on the Department of Justice. He also spoke openly of his Hindu faith, saying that he is the best candidate to uphold the values of faith. He mentioned how he is not running to become a pastor, but rather to be president.
He finished the event at Pizza Ranch by telling the people that our country’s best days can be ahead of us. He doesn’t believe we need to strive to be like the great generations in the past, but rather we can exceed them.
This certainly won’t be the last time a presidential candidate visits Mt. Pleasant in the next few weeks. Iowa is a crucial state to these candidates, and you can expect to see them traveling through our communities in order to drum up support.