During Wednesday night’s fiery primary debate, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy found himself in the hot seat and targeted by several Republicans. Ramaswamy introduced himself as a “skinny kid with a funny last name” which is a line Barack Obama used during his first presidential campaign. He continued on, saying that every candidate on the stage was ‘bought and paid for’ besides himself.
But ex-Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, was quick to retort, and pointed out the Obama line:
“I’ve had enough already tonight of a guy who sounds like ChatGPT,”
“The last person in one of these debates … who stood in the middle of the stage and said, ‘What is a skinny guy with an odd last name doing up here?’ was Barack Obama. And I am afraid we are dealing with the same type of amateur standing on the stage tonight,”
Chris Christie slams Vivek Ramaswamy at the GOP presidential debate: “I've have had enough already tonight of a guy who sounds like ChatGPT.”
Christie also calls Ramaswamy "the same type of amateur" as Barack Obama. pic.twitter.com/OlgD9Yqvvz
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Later on, former Vice President Mike Pence attacked 38-year-old Ramaswamy’s lack of political experience. Pence said:
“Now is not the time for on-the-job training. We don’t need to bring in a rookie. We don’t need to bring in people with no experience.”
PENCE SLAMS RAMASWAMY: "Now is not the time for on-the-job training. We don't need to bring in a rookie." pic.twitter.com/5b4STrLNnl
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The barage intensified when Nikki Haley, the former United Nations ambassador, tackled Ramaswamy’s stance on not supporting Ukraine’s defenses against Russian advances:
“He wants to hand Ukraine to Russia, he wants to let China eat Taiwan, he wants to go and stop funding Israel,”
“You have no foreign policy experience and it shows,”
Ramaswamy’s age and lack of experience was a central target for Republican candidates during the debate.