Biotech Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, a contender for the GOP presidential nomination, recently argued that for the Republican National Committee (RNC) to stop struggling with young voters and viewership, it could host a future Republican primary debate on X, formerly known as Twitter, with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson as a moderator.
On X, Ramaswamy argued that if the RNC truly wishes to reach younger voters and conservatives across the U.S., it must hold the next primary debate on X, with Carlson as a moderator.
“If there’s a January GOP debate, it should be hosted on X, not on cable TV, moderated by a someone like Tucker Carlson who might just ask questions that primary voters actually care about. The RNC says it wants to reach younger voters & new audiences? Well, that’s how you do it,” Ramaswamy wrote.
If there’s a January GOP debate, it should be hosted on X, not on cable TV, moderated by a someone like @TuckerCarlson who might just ask questions that primary voters actually care about. The RNC says they want to reach younger voters & new audiences? Well, that’s how you do it.
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) November 24, 2023
Ramaswamy attacked the RNC during the last primary debate in Miami, Florida. The biotech entrepreneur blamed the committee’s leadership for Republicans’ underperformance in elections and the poor viewership of the primary debates.
In the most recent GOP primary debate in Miami, Florida, Ramaswamy specifically took aim at RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
“Since Ronna McDaniel took over as chairwoman of the RNC in 2017, we have lost 2018, 2020, 2022, no red wave, that never came,” he said during the debate. “We got trounced last night in 2023, and I think that we have to have accountability in our party.”
“For that matter, Ronna, if you wanna come onstage tonight, you wanna look the GOP voters in the eye and tell ’em you resign, I will turn over my — yield my time to you,” he added.
The past three RNC primary debates have inherently struggled with viewership, considering that former President Donald Trump has not attended any of them, instead choosing to host rallies or events, as reported by the Post Millennial.
On Aug. 23, 2023, the RNC held its first primary debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and only garnered nearly 13 million viewers, compared to the former president, who partook in an X interview with Carlson on the same day, receiving over 300 million views.
The second RNC debate took place on Sept. 27, 2023, and obtained about 4 million fewer viewers than the first.
On Nov. 8, 2023, the RNC held its third debate in Miami, garnering just 7.5 million viewers. Trump held a packed rally just 30 minutes from the debate venue in Hialeah, Florida.
During the debate in the Sunshine State, Ramaswamy called out the RNC over its poor viewership ratings, arguing that if the committee had moderators such as Carlson, Elon Musk and podcaster Joe Rogan, there would be “ten times the viewership.”