The Republican presidential debate held in Alabama was notable for its focus on cryptocurrencies and policies related to them.
The candidates expressed divergent positions on financial regulation, digital currencies and the role of cryptocurrencies in the economy, giving voice to various proposals and visions.
Vivek Ramaswamy, a Republican candidate known for integrating cryptocurrencies into his platform, addressed the urgency of updating regulations, referencing the legal troubles of former Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao “CZ.”
Additionally, Ramaswamy questioned the current regulatory framework, pointing to the FTX scandal with Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), proposing to reduce the SEC’s workforce and lessen its control over cryptocurrencies, considering them ‘commodities outside its jurisdiction.’
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Another candidate, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., now an independent, proposed measures such as exempting Bitcoin from capital gains taxes and supporting personal custody of this cryptocurrency, while proposing to support the dollar with assets such as gold and Bitcoin.
The current governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, expressed his firm opposition to Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), ensuring that they would be doomed to failure if he were elected president.
DeSantis had previously signed a law in Florida against CBDCs, although some experts doubt its practical effectiveness.
The debate was also fueled by Ramaswamy’s controversial claims about the Jan. 6 Capitol assault and the alleged implications on the Democratic Party platform, sparking discussion among the candidates and the audience.
The event highlighted the different positions among the Republican candidates regarding the regulation of cryptocurrencies and CBDCs, evidencing the growing relevance of these issues in the American political sphere and their potential impact on the country’s economic future.