A World War II veteran, identified as David, recently lauded Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy during a town hall in Hollis, New Hampshire.
In an exchange which has subsequently gone viral, David acclaimed Ramaswamy for the resonance of his message with members of the greatest generation.
“I’d like to say that I’m a veteran of World War II,” David began, eliciting a significant applause from the attendees. Ramaswamy promptly approached to shake his hand.
“What you’re saying, the words you’re saying, are exactly what my generation grew up in,” David 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.”
David continued, emphasizing the patriotism and unity that once permeated American society. He recounted how young individuals, barely teenagers, would leave school to join the military, driven by a profound sense of duty toward their nation.
“There was a loyalty and pride in America. 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. I love to hear it, because it’s what I remember. Thank you very much,” David articulated, receiving another round of applause and a standing ovation.
Ramaswamy, visibly moved, approached David once more, embracing him. “Thank you for your service to this country. It means a lot.”
“You’re my hero,” David told the candidate.
“You’re my hero,” Ramaswamy echoed.
Ramaswamy later posted about David on X, sharing pictures of himself with the geriatric warrior.
“David is a WWII veteran who came to our event in Dover, NH this morning. He met my son who was born a full century after him. David’s generation laid the foundation, now we’re rebuilding it for the next one. Humbled to have earned his support,” Ramaswamy wrote.
Ramaswamy’s campaign has gained significant traction in recent months. A biotech entrepreneur, he had little national recognition before the 2024 race. However, his performance in the first Republican primary debate last month significantly boosted his visibility.
Recent polling data from Fox News reveals Ramaswamy’s rising prominence. He currently stands third, securing 11% support among primary voters. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis trails slightly with 13%, while former President Donald Trump leads decisively with 60%. Notably, DeSantis and Ramaswamy are neck and neck when voters consider their second choice, should Trump not participate.
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