Who is running for president? “Woke, Inc.” writer Vivek Ramaswamy is in the running for the White House

PaBrian Rokus, Keith Maher and David Wright, CNNWire

Thursday, February 23, 2023, 12:37 AM

Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy announced Tuesday that he is running for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

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“To put America first, we need to reinvent what America is. That’s why I’m running for president,” Ramaswamy wrote in a Wall Street Journal editorial. “I’m starting not just a political campaign, but a cultural movement to create a new American dream that’s not just about money, but about an uncompromising pursuit of excellence.”

Ramaswamy is a biotech and healthcare entrepreneur who has written two books: A Nation of Victims: Identity Politics, the Death of Merit, and the Road to Perfection and Woke, Inc.: Corporate America’s Social Justice Fraud.

The GOP primary field is still in its early stages. Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and United States ambassador to the United Nations, became the first major challenger to challenge former President Donald Trump when she announced her bid last week. Trump announced his third campaign for the White House last year. A number of other Republicans have made moves to indicate interest in a national campaign and are openly considering a run for president.

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“We embrace secular religions like climateism, Covidism, and gender ideology to satisfy our need for meaning, but we can’t answer what it means to be American,” Ramaswamy wrote in the Journal.

“Filling this void with an inspiring national identity that dilutes the agenda to the point of absurdity must be a top priority for the Republican Party,” he continued.

The editorial also called for border security, the repeal of affirmative action and the repeal of civil service protections for federal employees.

He filed with the Federal Election Commission earlier Tuesday and is scheduled to speak at a Polk County Republican Party event in Iowa on Thursday.

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