(TheConservativeTimes.org) – Entrepreneur and 2024 presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said on Chuck Todd’s Meet the Press that former Vice President Mike Pence should have implemented election reforms before the 2020 election and its aftermath. While having voted by mail in 2020, Ramaswamy believes that elections should be single-day voting with paper ballots and mandatory voting IDs, which he believes would prevent any doubt about the integrity of future elections and unite the country.
With Todd pressing on January 6th, Ramaswamy clarified that the most important aspects were secure elections and a peaceful transfer of power, which he believes would have occurred through election reforms and certifying the electoral votes according to those reforms.
The Pence campaign slammed Ramaswamy’s comments, claiming that the statement is concerning and lacks understanding of how the government works. Furthermore, while the elections clause of the Constitution allows Congress to exercise its power to “make or alter” congressional and presidential elections, the electoral processes are administered by states. Additionally, Pence’s campaign has primarily focused on casting his role on January 6th as defending the Constitution from Trump.
The drama between Ramaswamy and Pence has continued since the debate. Previously, Pence slammed Ramaswamy as a “rookie,” attempting to tout his experience in Washington and Indiana as Representative, Governor, and Vice President. However, despite Pence’s campaign painting him as the most qualified for the position, the strategy of being a political outsider allows Ramaswamy to remain unpinned on any previous political record.
According to FiveThirtyEight aggregate polling, former President Donald Trump maintains a lead of nearly 40 points over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with 52.0% to 14.7%. Following them is Ramaswamy with 9.9%, and the remaining candidates who attended the debate are polling below 5%, which includes Pence with 4.1%, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley with 3.8%, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott with 3.7%, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 3.4%, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson at 0.7%, and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum at 0.5%. Despite the attempts of the Pence campaign, Ramaswamy has double the share of the former Vice President.
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