Hirsh Vardhan Singh, a 38-year-old Indian-American engineer, has declared his bid for the White House in the 2024 US Presidential election, becoming the third person of Indian descent after Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy to join the crowded Republican field of candidates for the top post.
Singh, in a three-minute video message on X, called himself a “lifelong Republican” and a staunch “America First” conservative. He highlighted his past efforts in leading the restoration of the conservative wing within the New Jersey Republican Party. In his message, he focused on the urgent need for strong leadership to restore fundamental American values. He also referred to himself as the only pureblood candidate, apparently alluding to his stance on COVID vaccinations.
Singh had previously run in the Republican primaries for several positions, such as governor of New Jersey in 2017 and 2021, a House seat in 2018, and a Senate seat in 2020, but could not secure the Republican Party’s nomination. In his most recent bid for the governorship, he positioned himself as a more conservative alternative, aligning closely with former President Donald Trump. He ultimately finished third in the nomination race, with Jack Ciattarelli emerging as the nominee.
The Republican National Convention will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from July 15 to 18, 2024, to formally select its nominee for the presidential election.