Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) commented on Sunday, expressing concerns over 2024 Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy’s endorsement of former President Trump. “The sentiments I just heard indicate a significant absence of ethical guidance,” stated Kaine during an appearance on ABC News’s “This Week.”
Following Ramaswamy’s segment, where he firmly reiterated his backing of the former president even if he were found guilty of criminal acts, Kaine voiced his concerns. Trump is under scrutiny, facing over 90 criminal accusations in four individual cases.
Kaine remarked, “If you can’t acknowledge Donald Trump’s attempt to stop the peaceful transition of the presidency as a valid reason not to support him, and yet you commit to voting for him or even pardoning him if given the chance, it signifies an absence of the ethical guidance required to lead the world’s most influential nation.”
Kaine continued, “It’s unfortunate that Mr. Ramaswamy isn’t the only one missing that ethical guidance. This point was glaringly evident from many GOP contenders during the debate.”
In the run-up to last month’s primary debate, every participant had to commit to supporting the eventual nominee. On stage, they were questioned about backing Trump, even if he were legally convicted. Out of eight, six affirmed their support. Ex-Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey seemed to gesture, which he clarified was a bid to get a turn to speak and wasn’t a show of support. He later criticized Trump’s actions. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson did not indicate support.
Subsequently, other candidates like former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and ex-Vice President Mike Pence explained their affirmative gestures as keeping their commitment. Still, they remained optimistic that Trump wouldn’t be the nominee.
Conversely, Ramaswamy ardently championed his decision to back Trump. He further vowed to grant Trump a pardon if found guilty, provided he secures the nomination and wins the presidency.
“Our elections are about party members choosing their nominee and then the general populace electing their president,” Ramaswamy stated. “It’s concerning that this basic principle seems foreign today. I’m in this race to be that choice. Our discussions should center on who can best revitalize our economy, unify us, and establish our position globally.”