In a pivotal moment for the 2024 Republican presidential race, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, a first-time presidential candidate, is considering his options regarding the upcoming third GOP presidential primary debate in Miami on Nov. 8.

Ramaswamy, who recently filed to have his name on the presidential primary ballot in New Hampshire, spoke exclusively to Fox News about his decision. While he has met the criteria for participation in the third debate, he remains uncertain, much like former President Donald Trump, who has already indicated he may skip the event like he did with the others. 

Trump’s campaign adviser, Chris LaCivita, confirmed last month that the former president, who has called for the cancellation of further debates, would not take the stage.

Intriguingly, Ramaswamy’s campaign has been engaged in internal discussions weighing the pros and cons of participating in the Miami showdown. He shared, “My view is what best advances substantive debate for the future of the Republican Party and for the future of our country, and so we’re weighing what best accomplishes that.”

While he meets the criteria for the debate, Ramaswamy emphasized that his decision will hinge on what serves the greater good, saying, “I’m going to be looking at what best does, and we’ll evaluate whether participating in that third debate really is something that moves the ball.”

During the previous debates, Ramaswamy shared the stage with other candidates, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Vice President Mike Pence, and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum. Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who did not make it to the second debate, was also part of the lineup.

The first two debates were marked by intense exchanges, with Ramaswamy becoming the focus of criticism from fellow candidates. Christie likened his speaking style to that of AI chatbot ChatGPT, while Pence referred to him as a “rookie” with insufficient experience. Ramaswamy also engaged in a spirited exchange of words with Nikki Haley, particularly on his policy proposals concerning Ukraine, China and Israel.

An NBC News tracker revealed that Ramaswamy launched and was subjected to more attacks than any other candidate on stage during the first debate held in Milwaukee in August. In the spin room after the debate, he expressed pride in being the center of attention, stating, “I took it as a badge of honor” and noting that “at least three to four different establishment politicians had their fire trained on me.”