Heartwarming moment between Ramaswamy, WWII Vet at New Hampshire town hall: ‘You’re my hero’

A member of the Greatest Generation had a few words for Millennial Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy at a recent town hall in Hollis, New Hampshire, and the heartwarming exchange went viral on social media.

The generation gap was bridged, if only for a moment, on Sunday, when a WWII veteran named Bob took the mic and introduced himself to a round of applause.

“I’d like to say that I’m a veteran of World War II,” Bob said.

Ramaswamy responded by shaking the man’s hand before Bob reminded the audience of what America used to be like and eloquently highlighted why the young GOP outsider is making such an impression among voters of all ages.

(Image: Twitter/X screenshot)

Restoring national pride has been a cornerstone of Ramaswamy’s campaign.

“What you’re saying, the words you’re saying, are exactly what my generation grew up in,” Bob said. “Children, adults stood at attention and crossed their hearts when the flag passed by in a parade. School started with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. That’s no longer going on.”

“There was a loyalty and pride in America,” Bob continued. “Children were leaving school 12, 13 years old and joined the service to protect our country. It was one country. America.”

“And I like your policies,” Bob told Ramaswamy. “I love to hear it, because it’s what I remember. Thank you very much.”

Ramaswamy again approached Bob, embracing him in a warm hug as the crowd rose to its feet.

“Thank you for your service to this country,” Ramaswamy said. “It means a lot.”

“You’re my hero,” Bob replied.

“You’re my hero,” the young candidate told the aging veteran.

Ramaswamy, a biotech entrepreneur, has placed national identity at the center of his campaign, and it’s a message that is resonating with demoralized voters.

“A new national poll released by Fox News on Thursday showed Ramaswamy placing third with 11% support among primary voters behind Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with 13% and former President Donald Trump, who is maintaining a commanding lead with a whopping 60% support,” Fox News Digital reports. “They are the only three candidates polling in double digits.”

Should former President Donald Trump for some reason exit the race, Ramaswamy is trailing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis among polled voters by just two points, 33% to 31%, for second choice. Former Vice President Mike Pence is next in line, with just 11% supporting him, and the rest of the primary candidates languishing in single digits.

“I do think the real choice we face in this primary is, do you want incremental reform from traditional Republicans? Or do you want something of a revolution?” Ramaswamy asked during an interview with Fox News Digital on the sidelines of the first Republican presidential primary debate in Milwaukee. “I stand on the side of revolution, and I don’t apologize for that – that makes some other people nervous – but that’s the fact of the matter of who I am and what I stand for in this race.”

“I think we’re in the middle of a national identity crisis where people can’t even answer the question of what it means to be an American and that loss of national identity is, I think, the deepest threat we face,” he said.

On X, the exchange between Ramaswamy and Bob won the hearts of many.

“WWII veteran reminiscing about a time when we were a proud nation hits me right in the feels,” said one user.

“Yah same,” replied the popular KanekoaTheGreat account. “It reminds me of how much they’ve managed to divide us.”


Melissa Fine


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