Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said his stand on the proposed carbon capture pipeline could help him win the Jan.15 Iowa caucus.
The Iowa caucus is the first of the GOP’s primary election to pick a presidential nominee for the 2024 primary election. Ramaswamy, who is polling fifth in the GOP presidential field, told Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto” that the proposed carbon-capture pipelines in Illinois, South Dakota and Iowa are major issues for farmers.
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“I’ve been very complimentary of Gov. Reynolds, but there is one key issue that matters to a lot of people in Iowa at that not one candidate has had the attempt to take forward and nobody in the aisle establishment has talked about it, which is the carbon dioxide capture pipeline across farmers’ land now potentially using eminent domain to even run the pipeline across land that Iowa farmers don’t want to allow across their land,” Ramaswamy told host Neil Cavuto. “People across the state are livid about this. This is a major issue for the grassroots. I’m the only candidate daring to even touch it. Because I’m speaking to many of those issues that other candidates are not, I think it’s going to be a major sign of a surprise coming into the Iowa caucus.”
Ramaswamy added that young voters in Iowa could also help him pull off a surprise if they turnout at a large scale.
“One of the things we’re seeing on the ground is that many of the people coming to our events, supporting me and I think this is unique to my candidacy, have never participated in a caucus before,” Ramaswamy continued. “Many of them are young. If they turn out for the caucus, as they are signaling to us they will at a large scale, I think we’re going to deliver a major surprise on January 15th.”