(SNews) – Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has said that he believes Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is being “exploited” and was “dragged” into his 2024 campaign.
Ramaswamy gave his opinion on fellow GOP contender and Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his 2024 campaign on Friday.
Ramaswamy claimed on the “PBD Podcast” that even though DeSantis had “mega amounts of money” backing him, he couldn’t gain momentum in the GOP primary, causing donors to label him a “lost cause” and leaving them in search of another candidate to support — such as former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Ramaswamy also said that he thinks DeSantis did not want to run for president, but was pushed into it.
“I actually think he was a good governor,” Ramaswamy said.
“I think he’s a good dude.
“He’s been exploited,” Ramaswamy continued.
“I think that’s actually what’s happened here is, this man would have just continued being the governor of this state, and probably done a pretty good job of it.”
Patrick Bet-David, the podcast’s host, asked Ramaswamy if he believed DeSantis actually wanted to run for president.
Ramaswamy said that he doesn’t believe DeSantis actually wanted it.
“I don’t think he wanted to,” Ramaswamy said.
He clarifies that this is only his opinion before continuing.
Ramaswamy claimed DeSantis was “dragged into” running for president.
He described the situation as a “sort of abuse of a guy who wasn’t wired for this.”
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump holds an overwhelming lead in the GOP primary polls.
Trump is currently sitting at 56.6%, according to FiveThirtyEight.
DeSantis is currently polling second at 14.1%.
DeSantis has struggled to cut into Trump’s lead, however.
The governor has seen his polling position stagnate.