In an interview on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy stated that Fox News host Tucker Carlson would make a “good addition” to the 2024 presidential race.
Ramaswamy, who announced his presidential bid in February, told Politico that Carlson potentially joining the GOP primary for 2024 would be “good for the country.” He further added that he believes people should only join the presidential race if they “feel called to do it.”
Ramaswamy, a conservative investor, also praised Carlson during the interview saying that he is “one of the smartest voices in the conservative movement,” and even congratulated the former Fox News host for occasionally moving away from party orthodoxy when he deemed it necessary.
Ramaswamy’s comments came after Fox News announced on Monday that Carlson would be leaving the network, with his last show set to air on Friday. Carlson first joined Fox News in 2009 and throughout his time there he has had the highest ratings for the network. Ramaswamy was previously scheduled to be a guest on Carlson’s show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Monday evening.
Carlson’s exit from Fox News comes only days after the network settled a defamation lawsuit that was filed by Dominion Voting Systems for $1.6 billion. As part of the lawsuit settlement, they were called to pay $787.5 million to the voting technology company over their coverage of former President Donald Trump’s claims about the 2020 presidential election being rigged and widespread voter fraud taking place.