Republican presidential candidate John Kasich held a town hall meeting in Clemson, South Carolina on Thursday and heard an emotional testament from a University of Georgia student.
The Ohio Governor was preparing to close out the event and he announced the young man’s question would be the last he heard.
“I drove up today from the University of Georgia, and, sorry for y’all,” the student says.
Opening his comments with a tongue-in-cheek reference to Southeastern Conference rivalries.
Though he never identifies himself by name, the student goes on to tell Kasich what he calls a serious story with a happier ending.
The student says more than a year ago a man who was like a second father to him committed suicide, then his parents divorce and soon after his father lost job.
“I was pretty depressed,” the student says, fighting back tears. “But I found hope, I found it in the lord, and in my friends and now I’ve found it in the presidential candidate that I support."
He then asked the candidate for “one of those hugs you’ve been talking about.” Kasich immediately embraced the student and the two exchanged a few words.