Pence Takes Aim at Ramaswamy’s Remarks on Israel

( – Former Vice President Mike Pence appears to be gunning even harder for newcomer Vivek Ramaswamy as the two battle for a higher spot in the GOP nomination poll numbers for the 2024 presidential election, critiquing the entrepreneur again this week. This time, Pence is challenging some foreign policy remarks made by Ramaswamy about Israel.

During an interview with Fox News in which they discussed the recent first Republican primary debate hosted by the network, Pence told host Shannon Bream that Ramaswamy contradicts himself and has a “pattern” of going “one direction” and then “back another direction.” Pence was referring in this instance to comments by Ramaswamy about Israel and Middle Eastern foreign policy.

Ramaswamy recently said if he’s elected he would hope to get to a place in Middle Eastern relations by 2028 where funding Israel’s security and military apparatus won’t be necessary anymore. Another GOP candidate, former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, also slammed Ramaswamy over these comments.

Last Friday, Ramaswamy said he’s “been crystal clear” in his stance that it’s “vital” to US interests to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of Iran and that he would “work with Israel to make sure that happens.” He also clarified that Israel would be backed “fully militarily,” but that he also doesn’t want American “sons and daughters” dying in such a conflict.

Pence said flip-flopping on his foreign policy positions “is a bit of a pattern for Vivek” and that he’s “just wrong on foreign policy.”

Pence, who also criticized Ramaswamy’s foreign policy positions on Taiwan and Russia, has clearly been going after the newcomer. During the first GOP debate, Pence called Ramaswamy a “rookie,” which Ramaswamy brushed off. The entrepreneur doesn’t have to put up much of a sight either, as he’s currently ahead of Pence in the polls.

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