Republican debate: Vivek Ramaswamy pushes back against GOP attacks

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy tried to strike a different tone in the second GOP primary debate Wednesday evening, but the other candidates didn’t hold back.
For the second straight debate, the political novice was on the receiving end of multiple attacks from his 2024 rivals. In one sharp exchange, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley told Ramaswamy: “Honestly, every time I hear you, I feel a little bit dumber for what you say.”
Ramaswamy remained unphased by the multiple attacks he faced during the debate.
“I think my anger and my frustration is now less directed against one of those candidates. But against that system, that broken system of super PAC puppetry,” Ramaswamy told reporters in the spin room. “That’s not even the fault of good people on that stage. Some of them are being exploited by that system. And so we’re in this to change that actual broken system, which puts me in a different headspace than candidates who are slinging, you know, clever insults at one another. And I think I’m done with that phase of this campaign.”
The first-time candidate also admitted that his inexperience means he has more work to do to win the tr …