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Vivek Ramaswamy Becomes First GOP Presidential Candidate to Qualify for Debate by Pledging Support for Party Nominee

Vivek Ramaswamy, a Republican candidate for the White House, has achieved the distinction of being the inaugural GOP presidential contender to meet the qualifications for participation in the forthcoming Republican debate, which is scheduled to be hosted by Fox News in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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The decisive factor in Ramaswamy’s qualification is his commitment to support the eventual Republican party nominee, a requirement introduced by the Republican National Committee (RNC).

Under the leadership of RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, the “Beat Biden pledge” has been implemented as a precondition for candidates seeking participation in the party’s officially sanctioned debates.

The pledge obligates candidates to exclusively participate in debates sanctioned by the RNC and to extend their support to the Republican presidential nominee of the 2024 election, in the event that they are not successful in securing the nomination.

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Candidates are also explicitly discouraged from pursuing independent or write-in candidacies, as well as from seeking or embracing nominations from other political parties.

In conjunction with the pledge, candidates must fulfill specific polling and fundraising criteria to secure their position in the debate.

They must attain a minimum of 1% support in three national polls, or alternatively, 1% in two national polls and two state-specific polls originating from the early voting states, namely Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.

The polls in question must be recognized by the RNC and conducted on or after July 1. In addition, candidates are expected to accumulate 40,000 distinct donors for their campaign committee, while maintaining a threshold of at least 200 individual donors per state or territory across a minimum of 20 states and/or territories.

Ramaswamy’s endorsement of the pledge, coupled with his successful fulfillment of the stipulated polling and fundraising benchmarks, positions him as the inaugural candidate to secure a coveted spot in the upcoming debate.

The implementation of the pledge and the accompanying debate eligibility criteria underscore the Republican Party’s strategic endeavors to foster cohesion among candidates and establish unwavering support for the party’s eventual nominee in the upcoming 2024 presidential contest..

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