GOP presidential hopeful makes appeal to Trump voters

Novi — Vivek Ramaswamy, a former biotechnology and finance executive who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, called Sunday for dismantling the “climate cult” and restoring faith in the three branches of government during a campaign to stop in Novi.

Although President Joe Biden and Democrats are seeking ways to move the economy toward a carbon neutral basis, Ramaswamy emphasized that he isn’t necessarily looking for ways to cut carbon dioxide emissions through government policies.

“As the next president, I will abandon the anti-carbon framework as it exists,” he said Sunday. “We will accept any mandate to measure carbon dioxide initiatives.”

Ramaswamy, 37, is one of three challengers so far to former President Donald Trump in the GOP race. He has cast himself as embracing Trump’s American First agenda but without the divisiveness of the former president, who has been pilloried for causing the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol and who is facing business-related criminal charges in New York City.

Tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy speaks at the Vision '24 conference on Saturday, March 18, 2023, in North Charleston, SC

Referring frequently to Biblical passages, Ramaswamy, a Harvard and Yale Law School graduate from Ohio, told the crowd of about 250 people at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi about growing up as a Cincinnati-born son of Indian immigrants.

Ramaswamy founded Roivant Sciences, a multibillion dollar biotech company, and Strive, an Ohio-based asset management firm that says it targets investors “who don’t want their investments and retirement accounts to be used to push political agendas onto American companies.”