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Two presidential longshots are left waving the crypto flag, plus a wildcard

Within a week, the crypto industry lost two pro-crypto presidential hopefuls, though there’s some hope Donald Trump could be a secret wildcard for crypto.



Source: Cointelegraph

The recent departures of Vivek Ramaswamy and Ron DeSantis from the United States presidential race has left just two pro-crypto longshots in the running — though there’s some hope that former president Donald Trump could be “friendly to the crypto industry.”

On Jan. 21, DeSantis — the Republican central bank digital currency (CBDC) opponent who once vowed to “protect” Bitcoin BTC $40,899 — wound down his campaign, saying he had no clear path to victory and threw his support behind the Republican Party frontrunner Trump.

Six days earlier, on Jan.16, the outspoken pro-crypto GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy dropped his presidential bid and similarly backed Trump.

The departures are understood to leave only two candidates with publicly known pro-crypto stances — Democratic Party candidate Dean Phillips and independent Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Phillips, a relatively unknown Minnesota representative, said at a crypto-related forum in December 2023 that Trump and President Joe Biden are “not the right people to lead” on crypto and that the U.S. “should make sure we don’t stifle innovation.”

On the other hand, Kennedy was the first presidential candidate ever to accept Bitcoin for campaign donations and made multiple pro-crypto remarks and promises, including a pledge to back the U.S. dollar with Bitcoin.

Phillips is seen as having a small chance of winning the top job, with Biden leading by a huge margin in Democratic Party primary polling.

Kennedy is still fighting for inclusion on state ballots and said on Jan. 16 that he filed to create his own party in six states in an attempt to get on the ballot, as party ballot access requires fewer voter signatures than running as an independent.

Others, including independent candidate Cornel West, Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Republican hopefuls Nikki Haley and Ryan Binkley — also seen as longshots for president — haven’t signaled a clear stance toward cryptocurrencies.

Democratic candidate Marianne Willamson hasn’t either, but once expressed her disappointment at the Canadian government blocking crypto wallets during the 2022 trucker protests.

However, there is some hope that former president Donald Trump could be positive for crypto, though others have shed doubt on the idea.

On Jan. 17, Trump vowed to “never allow” the creation of a CBDC, but despite his comment, Perianne Boring, the founder and CEO of the Chamber of Digital Commerce — a crypto advocacy group — told Cointelegraph his crypto stance “remains unclear at this time,” and his previous administration did not have a “strong track record of being pro-crypto.”

“The Trump Administration attempted to introduce terrible regulations on self-hosted wallets through a midnight rule-making, blocked spot Bitcoin ETFs [exchange-traded funds], and President Trump himself said he ‘was not a fan’ of cryptocurrencies while in office,” Boring said.

However, Boring noted that Trump’s active participation in nonfungible tokens — pocketing him millions from licensing his image — suggests “a possible evolution in his stance on cryptocurrencies, potentially indicating a more crypto-friendly perspective than previously assumed.”

On Jan. 8, the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tom Emmer, told Politico, “If the second Trump administration takes place, [the] president will be a lot more friendly to the crypto industry.”

Americans will head to the polls on Nov. 5, with current polling aggregated by 538 showing Trump and Biden are by far the frontrunners for their respective parties, with Trump maintaining a slight lead over Biden in national polls.

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