Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has been criticized by a group supporting his running mate Ron DeSantis for allegedly imitating former President Obama.
Never Back Down PAC, which supports DeSantis, released a video comparing Ramaswamy to Obama ahead of Wednesday night’s second Republican debate.
The video showed individual clips of Ramaswamy and Obama, highlighting the similarities in their dialogue with the on-screen text that read, “Vivek is copying Obama.”
One example was Ramaswamy’s opening line from the first Republican debate: “Who the hell is this skinny guy with a funny last name, and what the hell is he doing in the middle of this debate period?”
The video compared this to Obama describing himself during the 2004 Democratic National Convention as “a skinny kid with a funny name who believes America has a place for him too.”
Several other comparisons were also made.
This is not the first time Ramaswamy has been criticized for his similarities with Obama.
After Ramaswamy gave that opening statement, fellow Republican candidate Chris Christie brought it to the attention of the crowd.
“The last person in one of these debates… who stood in the middle of the stage and said, ‘What’s a skinny guy with a weird last name doing up here?’ was Barack Obama,” Christie said.
“And I’m afraid we’re dealing with the same kind of amateurs on stage tonight.”
Ramaswamy, DeSantis, Christie and others are expected to appear at the second debate Wednesday night.
However, former President Trump is not expected to attend.