Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy responded to polling that shows his unfavorability rising, with one commentator saying Americans find him “annoying” on Sunday.
Ramaswamy responded to the polls during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” with host Shannon Bream. Bream cited a Fox News Poll showing that unfavorable views of Ramaswamy have risen 12% since August.
“‘Of all the descriptors attached to Vivek Ramaswamy, the 38-year-old political tyro enjoying a bizarre surge in the Republican primary race for second place, the most common one seems to be ‘annoying,’” Bream quoted from an opinion article.
“Why do you think, as more people have gotten to know you, that your unfavorables are up too?” she asked.
GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy speaks at the Nixon Library on Aug. 17, 2023, in Yorba Linda, California.(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
“We have been taking intense criticism, Shannon, over the last several weeks since I performed well on that second debate, and this is part of the process,” Ramaswamy said. “So I invite the open debate.”
“The reality is many people are annoyed by my rise and believe that a 38-year-old is too young to be U.S. president,” he added. “The fact of the matter is that Thomas Jefferson was 33 years old when he wrote the U.S. Declaration of Independence. He also invented the swivel chair while he was at it, by the way.”
A Fox News poll placed Ramaswamy in third place behind Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Ramaswamy’s unfavorables have spiked as he has gained fame in the Republican primary.(Fox News)
Ramaswamy remains in third place behind Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump. Trump maintains a commanding lead over the rest of the GOP field, however.