Sean Hannity brought laughter to his audience as 2024 Republican nominee Vivek Ramaswamy attempted to demonstrate his policy differences with former President Donald Trump on Thursday.
Ramaswamy, a multimillionaire biotech entrepreneur and conservative activist who announced his presidential run earlier this week, retried Hannity’s question after initially describing the GOP challenger as a friend.
“I don’t run into him; I am working on a vision for our nation,” Ramaswamy told Hannity.
“Wait, wait, but you’re not running after him. You run into him. Let’s face it,” Hannity replied as his audience burst into laughter.
The candidate, who quickly fired back and said he was running for America, said he would talk about his differences with Trump before claiming the former president was the “OG of ‘America first’.”
“I’m taking that to the next level with America First 2.0,” said Ramaswamy. “Let’s get the job done, which means dismantling the federal bureaucracy.”
The candidate added that he would propose eight-year lapse clauses “for everyone in the federal bureaucracy” and shut down federal agencies, including the Department of Education.
Ramaswamy isn’t the only 2024 presidential candidate who has struggled to define how they differ from Trump.
Nikki Haley, speaking to Hannity last week, dodged questions from the Fox News host about how her platform differs from the former president’s ideas, continuing to dodge questions as she has before on the network.