Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy today introduced a “No to Neocons” pledge, which he said he will enforce if elected.
The pledge, which was announced on Tuesday and is detailed on a newly launched website, would require all potential political appointees in a Ramaswamy administration to agree to a set of principles aimed at avoiding unnecessary wars and prioritizing American interests.
“In order to be considered for a position within the Ramaswamy Administration, every prospective political appointee must commit to and sign this pledge,” says the website.
The petition then lists the following three principles: “Avoiding WW3 is a vital national objective; war is never a preference, only a necessity; and, the sole duty of U.S. policymakers is to U.S. citizens.”
Ramaswamy made the announcement during a “Stop WWIII Rally” in Miami, Fla.:
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) November 8, 2023
“If you want 20 more years of endless wars that don’t advance our interests, then I’m not your guy,” Ramaswamy said in a press release. “But if you want to stay out of no-win wars and make America stronger at home, I know how to get that done.”
The announcement and rally came ahead of tomorrow night’s third Republican debate in Miami, which is scheduled to include fellow candidates including Gov. Ron DeSantis (Fla.), former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley (S.C.), former Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.), and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (S.C.).
In previous debates, Ramaswamy has had heated exchanges on foreign policy with Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence, who has since halted his presidential campaign. According to national Republican polls by RealClearPolitics, Ramaswamy is currently fourth, trailing behind Haley, DeSantis, and former President Trump, who leads the GOP field.