Fifth GOP presidential primary debate: on Technology

Vivek Ramaswamy: AdWatch: mainstream media favors corporate candidates

[Ad entitled "Turn the TV Off", aired during the CNN debate in Iowa; speaking directly to camera]:

"I'm Vivek Ramaswamy and I approve this message. The mainstream media is trying to rig the Iowa GOP caucus in favor of the corporate candidates who they can control. Don't fall for their trick. They don't want you to hear from me: about the truth of what really happened on Jan.6; the truth about the COVID origin; the Hunter Biden laptop story; and everything else they have lied to you about. You can fix that. Take your remote"--[clicks a remote; screen blinks to black]--"and turn this s--- off."

[Daily Beast analysis: "A campaign spokesperson said"], "The network takes it upon themselves to disrespect Iowa voters and the caucuses by holding a debate and excluding Vivek when his polling clearly qualified for the stage." To qualify, Ramaswamy needed to hit at least 10% support in 3 separate polls meeting CNN's standards--which were more stringent than the RNC's for previous debates.

Source: Daily Beast AdWatch: 2024 pre-Iowa caucus Jan 10, 2024

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