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GOP candidate Ramaswamy meets northeast Iowa voters, to build support before the January caucus



Candidates for president have less than a month to meet voters in Iowa before that state holds the first caucus of the 2024 campaign.

As a result, a few Republicans contenders have been spreading across the state.

On Christmas weekend, Vivek Ramaswamy stopped in several eastern Iowa towns.

Just on Saturday, the Ohio businessman rode his campaign bus to Independence, Cresco, New Hampton, and Decorah.

Ramaswamy’s Decorah stop was at Mabe’s Pizza, where about 30 people gathered to hear him speak about “a national identity crisis.”

He said the U.S. has become “a nation of sheep” under government control, calling Democratic President Joe Biden a “puppet for the Deep State.”

About 30 people gathered at a pizza restaurant in Decorah on Saturday to hear Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy on Dec. 23, 2023. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

According to Ramaswamy, Republicans are not offering a vision of their own in this campaign, and saying “Biden bad” is not an agenda.

He called for reducing the national debt, increasing production of fossil fuels, and limiting federal bureaucrats to just eight years in their jobs — similar to the president’s term limit.

The campaign bus for Vivek Ramaswamy is parked in downtown Decorah, Iowa, on Dec. 23, 2023. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Recent polls around the country show Ramaswamy in a distant fourth place for the GOP nomination, with less than 10 percent support from the voters.

Former president Donald Trump is at 50 percent in some surveys with Ron De Santis in the teens or 20s, and Nikki Haley behind him in third.

Ramaswamy urged the Decorah audience to “bring 10 people” to the Jan. 15 caucuses to show their support for his campaign.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. nick

    December 25, 2023 at 5:46 am

    There is only one candidate out there that understands how dangerous the world is and will become.
    Nikki Haley is that person and should be the next President.
    Dictator Joe’s international and domestic policies have been a disaster.

    The thought of Kamala Harris possibly being President should cause nightmares for every American.
    Any Republican wanting Trump back is not thinking clearly.

    • The Dude

      December 25, 2023 at 4:50 pm

      As a Democrat I have to agree with Nick that Kamala would be poor as a president. She was tasked with being in charge of the border and has done nothing. To make matters worse nobody even asks her about what she is doing to control immigration and protect the invasion of our country.

  2. Kent Porter

    December 25, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    Where is Joe Bidengotti ???????????

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