Vivek Ramaswamy gets Iowa crowd pumping by rapping Eminem’s Lose Yourself as youngest GOP presidential hopeful sees polls surge
- Vivek said his walkout song was Lose Yourself, then he rapped a verse of it
- He targeted young voters and rose in the polls
- Learn more about Vivek from DailyMail.com’s interview with him
Vivek Ramaswamy got the crowd going at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday by rapping to Eminem’s Lose Yourself.
Ramaswamy, 38, ended his conversation with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds by performing the hit song.
The crowd cheered him on and Reynolds gave him a high-five when he finished his performance.
Reynolds had asked the business mogul for his favorite walkout song and Ramaswamy said his was Lose Yourself. She joked that she was showing her age by not knowing this tune.
Vivek Ramaswamy got the crowd going at the Iowa State Fair with a performance of Lose Yourself
Ramaswamy is spending Saturday at the annual event campaigning for votes. It’s proving to be a busy day for those interested in the 2024 presidential contest: GOP contenders Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley are also campaigning on the fair grounds.
The biotech entrepreneur is the youngest candidate for the 2024 Republican nomination, but he’s had a surprising blast in the race polls.
He came fourth in the latest DailyMail.com survey of Iowa voters. And a few national polls showed Ramaswamy in second place ahead of DeSantis. He comes third in RealClearPolitics Poll Average of the race.
Trump still leads the contest by double digits.
But there is no doubt that Ramaswamy, who brings a lot of energy to the campaign stage, has some momentum on his side. He has already qualified to be onstage for the first GOP presidential debate, which will take place Aug. 23 in Milwaukee.
Polls show young Republicans and voters with college degrees like the 38-year-old.
He targeted young voters in his campaign pitch. He spent Friday night posing for selfies and talking to constituents at Jalapeño Pete’s, a popular Des Moines bar.
He said his campaign message was to “tell the hard truths, the truth that you could speak at the dinner table, but you don’t feel free to speak in public.”
Vivek Ramaswamy is the youngest candidate for the GOP nomination and has targeted young voters in his campaign
Vivek is spending Saturday at the Iowa State Fair and he started his day with a chat with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.
Vivek Ramaswamy campaigned at Jalapeno Pete’s bar on Friday night
During his conversation with Reynolds, he talked about his conservative policies, including a plan to drastically reduce the number of federal employees.
He said he would have a “downsizing” of 75%, of which 50% would be eliminated in the first year.
He ended his conversation by donning a red hat, grabbing the microphone, and singing Lose Yourself. The song won an Oscar in 2003 for best original song from the movie “8 Mile” and was the first hip-hop song to win the award.
During his years at Harvard, Ramaswamy had a side hustle as a libertarian-minded rap artist who went by the name “Da Vek.”
He said he was inspired by Eminem.
“He grew up in caravans, with a single mother, and he wants to succeed. He will use the moment to do so. He feels like he’s going to use the moment to do it, he grabs it and then he realizes it, and I thought that was a pretty cool story,’ Ramaswamy told Politico last month.
“I didn’t grow up in a trailer, but neither did I grow up in the same circumstances as most of my peers at Harvard. I yearned to achieve what many of their parents did. It kind of spoke to me, I would say.
The latest DailyMail.com/JL Partners survey shows that 43% of likely Republican caucus members in Iowa will support Donald Trump with Vivek Ramaswamy in fourth place.
Born in Ohio to Indian immigrant parents, Ramaswamy earned a degree in biology from Harvard University and then finished law school at Yale.
He made his fortune after starting a biotech company and authored several books, including “Woke, Inc.” The books helped Ramaswamy gain recognition in conservative circles.