According to a new report from Politico, presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is relocating his staff to Iowa and New Hampshire, leaving his existing headquarters in Ohio.
Ramaswamy senior adviser Tricia McLaughlin described the relocation as a “gritty move that will only carry that momentum through to the caucuses and first primary.” Ramaswamy is polling in fifth place in Iowa and New Hampshire, at 4% and 6% respectively.
“We are looking to capitalize off the momentum of the last debate. We just put an 8 figure ad buy into early states, and now we are putting the time, resources and people. We’re going to Iowa and New Hampshire where this election is going to be won,” McLaughlin told the Daily Caller.
Matt Schultz, co-chair of Ramaswamy’s campaign, told Politico, “As we make this a more Iowa- and New Hampshire-focused campaign, I expect us to do as many events.”
“I’ve seen this over and over: People rise and fall, rise and fall. I think we’re in a good position to move forward and capture some momentum,” Schultz continued.
Ramaswamy’s advisers cited former Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who polled at only 3% around this time of the presidential campaign before winning the Iowa caucuses in 2012, attributing Ramaswamy’s drop in the polls to being outspent by other candidates.
“You’ve got a candidate that’s willing to put in the shoe leather in addition to having enough resources to break through the clutter that will be both Iowa and New Hampshire as it relates to advertising,” Mike Biundo, a New Hampshire-based senior adviser to Ramaswamy told Politico. “We have somebody that’s willing to do both.”
The move also comes after Ramaswamy went after the RNC’s debate panel on Wednesday.
“Think about who’s moderating this debate, this should be Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan, Elon Musk. We’d have 10 times the viewership, asking questions the GOP primary voters actually care about and bring in more people to our party. We got Kristen Welker here, you think the Democrats would actually hire Greg Gutfeld to host a Democratic debate?” Ramaswamy asked during the debate.
He also called on Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to retire, both during and after the debate.
“Ronna should resign. This shouldn’t be controversial,” Ramaswamy later said in a post on X. “Instead, she reportedly said the RNC won’t give me ‘one cent’ of funding – which proves my point about RNC corruption. And this morning she is flat-out *lying* by saying I voted for Obama.”
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