Hirsh Vardhan Singh, an Indian-American engineer, has announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election. He is the third person of Indian descent to join the crowded Republican field of candidates, after Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy.
Singh, 38, is a lifelong Republican and self-described “America First” conservative. He has previously run for governor of New Jersey in 2017 and 2021, for a House seat in 2018, and for Senate in 2020, but was unsuccessful in winning the Republican Party’s nomination.
In his announcement video, Singh said that he is running for president because he believes that the country needs “strong leadership to reverse the changes that have occurred in the past few years and restore American values.” He also called himself the “only pureblood candidate” because he “never gave in to the COVID vaccinations.”
Singh’s announcement comes as the Republican Party is gearing up for a crowded 2024 presidential primary. Former President Donald Trump is the clear frontrunner, but he faces a number of challenges, including legal challenges and the possibility of facing a primary challenger from within his own party.
Other potential Republican candidates for 2024 include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.
The Republican National Convention will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from July 15-18, 2024. The convention will formally select the Republican Party’s nominee for president.
It remains to be seen whether Singh will be able to break through the crowded field of Republican candidates and win the party’s nomination. However, his announcement is a sign that the Republican Party is looking to broaden its appeal to Indian-American voters in the 2024 election.