Right after his participation in the initial Republican primary debate,  Indian-American candidate Vivek Ramaswamy expressed his interest in having Elon Musk as an advisor in the event of winning the 2024 presidential election.

Ramaswamy conveyed his intention to include individuals with "a completely new perspective" during a recent town hall in Iowa, where a voter asked the 38-year-old entrepreneur about his preferred sources of guidance if he were to be elected, as reported by NBC News.

"I've enjoyed getting to know better, Elon Musk recently, I expect him to be an interesting adviser of mine because he laid off 75 per cent of the employees at Twitter," Ramaswamy said.

Elon Musk and Vivek Ramaswamy
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Ramaswamy has previously complimented Twitter (now X) owner Elon Musk's management of X,  saying he would run the government the way that Musk runs the social media company.

"What he did at Twitter is a good example of what I want to do to the administrative state," Ramaswamy had said in an interview on Fox News. "Take out the 75 per cent of the dead weight cost, improve the actual experience of what it's supposed to do. He put an X through Twitter, I'll put a big X through the administrative state," he said, adding: "So, that's where I'm at on common tactics with Elon."

Musk, who had previously pledged support for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' White House bid, called Ramaswamy "increasingly compelling", as the Indian-American faced his first political debate in Wisconsin to select the Republican Party's 2024 presidential nominee.

The tech billionaire had also called the youngest presidential aspirant a "very promising candidate", referring to Ramaswamy's interview with talk show host Tucker Carlson.

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Ramaswamy believes it's time for an "outsider" in the White House, and is almost tying up with DeSantis at number two in polls, beating fellow Indian-American Nikki Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence.

A Yahoo News/YouGov poll released last week showed DeSantis in second place in the Republican race with 12 per cent support -- just four points ahead of Ramaswamy.

With a worth of more than $950 million, Ramaswamy raised more than $450,000, with an average donation of $38, in the first hour after the Republican debate. In addition, he was the most Google-searched Republican candidate, followed by Haley, according to Fox News.

(With inputs from IANS)