According to an Axios report, Donald Trump would be “open” to having GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy as his running mate.
Axios cited Glenn Beck’s interview with Trump, where the conservative talk show host asked him if he’d consider the 38-year-old for vice president.
“I tell you, I think he’d be very good,” Trump said.
“He’s a very, very, very intelligent person. He’s got good energy, and he could be some form of something.”
NEW: Donald Trump says he *is* open to picking Vivek Ramaswamy as his vice presidential pick and likes what he sees, but suggests that Vivek is a little controversial.
A Trump/Vivek ticket would be wild.
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Trump, in the same interview with Beck, seemed to acknowledge Ramaswamy’s tendency to drive controversy, urging him to reign it in.
“He’s starting to get out there a little bit. He’s getting a little bit controversial,” Trump said. “I got to tell him: ‘Be a little bit careful. Some things you have to hold in just a little bit, right?'”
“If I’m a betting woman, I wouldn’t expect Vivek to hold back much!” Ramaswamy spokesperson Tricia McLaughlin told Axios in response to Trump’s suggestion.
Over the course of six months, Ramaswamy went from a largely unknown long shot candidate polling at 1% to a serious upstart receiving incoming attacks from GOP contenders including former Vice President Pence, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
The former biotech CEO previously said he doesn’t want to be vice president.
The Hill noted:
Republican Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said he would turn down an offer of the vice presidency if he doesn’t win the GOP presidential nomination for 2024.
“I’m not interested in a different position in the government,” he said in a Fox News interview Saturday. “Frankly, I’d drive change through the private sector sooner than becoming a number 2 or a number 3 in the federal government.”
“Donald Trump and I share something in common and that is that neither of us would do well in a number 2 position,” he added.