Say what you will about John Kasich, his lagging poll numbers, or his unpopular stance on many issues. Many from both sides agree that he’s probably (or at least he appears to be) the most genuinely nice person among the GOP candidates, and he proved that during his campaign event in South Carolina, where the governor from Ohio spoke to supporters.
Near the end of his event, as seen in the video above uploaded by C-Span on YouTube, Kasich called on one last person in the audience to deliver a final question. A college student from the University of Georgia was luckily chosen, and he began by saying, “I drove up today from the University of Georgia…I did it because I wanted to let you know and everyone else here know why I’m supporting you, and why that support is unwavering.”
“I don’t want to get too emotional,” the young supported continued.
Choking up but still holding on tightly onto a smile, the Kasich supporter then went on to describe recent hardships in his life and how he found John Kasich and his campaign as a source of strength.
“Over a year ago, a man who was like my second dad, he killed himself. And then a few months later, my parents got a divorce, and then a few months later, my dad lost his job. And I was in a really dark place for a long time. I was pretty depressed.
“But I found I hope. And I found it in the Lord, and in my friends, and now I’ve found it in my presidential candidate that I support. And I’d really appreciate one of those hugs you’ve been talking about.”
John Kasich, without hesitation, walks toward the supporter and gives him a hearty hug, which was met with applause by the crowd.
After a heartwarming moment of embrace, Kasich went back up the stage and addressed the man.
“We don’t have enough people who sit down and cry with that young man,” John Kasich said as the event wrapped up.