Vivek Ramaswamy, a biotech entrepreneur, was a breakout star of the first Republican presidential primary debate in Wisconsin on Wednesday night.
According to a Daily Mail poll, Ramaswamy, who faced up against his fellow conservative contenders onstage at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, won with a 28 percent approval rating.
With 27 percent approval, Ron DeSantis moved into second place. Former Vice President Mike Pence came in third with 13%. Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, Chris Christie, Doug Burgum, Asa Hutchinson, and James Johnson were all in the single digits.
Trump was nowhere to be found because he’s, by far, the Republican frontrunner. He instead chose to do an interview with Tucker Carlson that aired on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Throughout the two-hour debate, Vivek was thrown into the spotlight amid many heated arguments with his opponents, particularly Christie, who referred to him as “ChatGPT.” When asked if anyone opposed increasing money for the Ukrainian war, Vivek was the only candidate to raise his hand.
When the topic went to climate change, Vivek called it a fraud, drawing boos from the audience. When asked if the candidates would support Trump if convicted in any of his four criminal charges, he quickly raised his hand.