Former Vice President Mike Pence laid into fellow presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, saying that “we don’t need to bring in a rookie” like Ramaswamy as the Republican nominee.
Pence had been asked by Fox moderator Bret Baier what he would do to tackle the nation’s rising debt. Pence said he was the “best prepared” candidate on the stage and touted his record as governor of Indiana, in Congress and as vice president and pledged to “restore fiscal responsibility” while floating potential Medicare and Social Security cuts.
“I’ve got news for you, Vivek. I’ve been in the hallway and West Wing,” Pence said.
Ramaswamy then said he wasn’t sure he “exactly understood” Pence’s comment.
“Let me explain it to you, Vivek,” Pence responded. “I’ll go slower this time.”
“Now is not the time for on-the job training,” Pence said. “We don’t need to bring in a rookie.”
Ramaswamy — an entrepreneur who has never held elective office — responded, calling himself a “patriot who speaks the truth” instead of a “Super PAC puppet” and said he wouldn’t bring “incremental reform,” but rather a “revolution.”
The clash came as Ramaswamy has risen in polls and overtaken Pence.