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2024 GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy in Iowa after announcing presidential bid

The political commentator and author appeared at an event hosted by Polk County Republicans on Thursday evening.

URBANDALE, Iowa — Vivek Ramaswamy will make his first appearance in Iowa on Thursday, just days after announcing his presidential bid. 

The wealthy biotech entrepreneur and author of "Woke, Inc." entered the Republican race for president on Tuesday. 

In a video, Ramaswamy, 37, formally launched his longshot bid by decrying what he called a “national identity crisis” that he claims is driven by a left-wing ideology that has replaced “faith, patriotism and hard work” with “new secular religions like COVID-ism, climate-ism and gender ideology."

“We have obsessed so much over our diversity and our difference that we forgot all the ways we’re really just the same as Americans," he says.

In a Wall Street Journal editorial published at the same time, he pledged to repeal civil service protections for federal workers if he wins, as well as work to eliminate affirmative action, including directing the Justice Department to prosecute “illegal race-based preferences."

Born in Ohio, Ramaswamy, the son of Indian immigrants, founded a biotechnology company before becoming the partner of a hedge fund. He is the author of the books “Woke, Inc.” and “Nation of Victims" and gained stature in conservative circles for his criticism of the environmental, social and corporate governance movement that aims to promote socially responsible investing.

Ramaswamy enters what is expected to be a crowded Republican field that already includes former President Donald Trump and his former ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.

Ramaswamy will take the stage at an event hosted by Polk County Republicans at the Machine Shed in Urbandale at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 

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