Vivek Ramaswamy says that if presidents can only serve out eight years total, then government workers should be subjected to the same limits.
It came during a speech in California where the 2024 hopeful said he was going off-script, and delivering a speech he claims his campaign advisors told him would be too high-brow for the average voter.
‘It’s not a campaign speech I’m giving you guys,’ he said. ‘I’m telling the truth here.’
Ramaswamy went on to warn the room full of hundreds of Republican voters at the California GOP‘s fall convention: ‘I want to cut through the usual introductions and get into this. We are in the middle of a war right now.’
‘We are in the middle of a cold cultural civil war in the United States. And you cannot win a war unless you first know that you are in one,’ the biotech millionaire and father-of-two added.
Ramaswamy’s appearance at the Saturday luncheon followed remarks at the convention from three of his Republican primary competitors the day prior.
By far the biggest crowd-pleaser was former President Donald Trump, who spoke to a room of about 1,500 California Republicans immediately following lunch at the Anaheim Marriott Convention Center.
California voters reportedly were more enthusiastic about the prospects of Ramaswamy earning the Republican nomination over DeSantis or Scott – that is, if Trump were out of consideration.
Ramaswamy offers a radical platform that includes gutting and even completely putting an end to some federal government agencies.
‘Today, the people who we elect to run the government, they are no longer the ones who actually run the government,’ Ramaswamy warned. ‘It is the deep state in the shadow government of those three-letter agencies that wield power today. And that is why I have said that as your next president, I will do what the U.S. President… can actually do.’
‘We will shut down the unconstitutional federal administrative state,’ he promised. ‘That is the head of the snake. And we’re not going to tinker around the edges – we’re going to gut it.’
‘If I can’t work for you all as your next President for more than eight years, which I think is a good thing, then neither should any of those federal bureaucrats reporting into me either. Eight-year term limits for the bureaucracy, instead of these civil service protections. We’re done with them.’
Juxtaposing the 2024 Republican candidates swinging through the west coast this week, Congress is working overtime to try and avoid a shutdown by the end of Saturday.
But Ramaswamy says the shutdown isn’t the biggest threat to the U.S. – but these bureaucrats outside of elected office are to blame for the U.S. decline.
‘Today the real threat to us is not even from Congress on the eve of whatever artificial shutdown debate they’re having on a given hour today. That’s not the real threat we face,’ he told a cheering crowd.
‘The real threat we face in the United States is the rise of that managerial class from our universities, to corporate America, to the ultimate mother of the managerial class in the administrative state in the federal government itself.’
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