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Vivek Ramaswamy says he received an offer to buy his way into the CPAC straw poll

Vivek Ramaswamy spoke at CPAC last week and received 1 percent support in the straw poll of potential 2024 Republican primary contenders. | Francis Chung/POLITICO

Shortly after Vivek Ramaswamy, the biotech entrepreneur and anti-woke crusader, announced he was seeking the Republican nomination for president, a political consultant with ties to the Conservative Political Action Conference called his campaign asking if he planned to attend.

If so, the consultant had an offer, a Ramaswamy aide recalled.

“Basically, they were like, if you pay I think it was upward of $100,000, we can get tickets and bus a bunch of people in for the straw poll,” a senior campaign official for Ramaswamy described on the condition of anonymity to share details about the call. “I was taken aback, because I’ve never been to CPAC before, and it’s very activist driven but I think if any of them knew it was an artificial poll, they’d be pretty pissed about that.”

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NY Times reporter tweeted this. Probably should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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Three billionaires who are major G.O.P. donors — Steve Wynn, Ike Perlmutter and Thomas Peterffy, a past DeSantis patron who has publicly soured on him — dined recently with Vivek Ramaswamy, the 37-year-old long-shot Republican.
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We interviewed him on our station the other day.  He's a sharp guy and from what I could hear of his interview makes a lot of sense.
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We interviewed him on our station the other day.  He's a sharp guy and from what I could hear of his interview makes a lot of sense.

His future is bright, that's for sure.

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If he's telling the truth, then winning that straw poll shouldn't mean squat.

If he's not telling the truth, then he should have no future in the GOP or anywhere within conservatism.

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His future is bright, that's for sure.

Perhaps. I've asked him directly, twice now, if his parents were naturalized when he was born and gotten no response. Until I do, there will be no $$ or votes from me.
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Perhaps. I've asked him directly, twice now, if his parents were naturalized when he was born and gotten no response. Until I do, there will be no $$ or votes from me.

I hear you @Bigun .... And agree.  I just don't know how we get this toothpaste back in the tube.