2003 Video of Ramaswamy, 18, Challenging Sharpton Goes Viral

2003 Video of Ramaswamy, 18, Challenging Sharpton Goes Viral

August 29, 2023

During an October 2003 MSNBC town hall ahead of the 2004 election, then-Harvard student Vivek Ramaswamy, 18, posed a question to then-Democrat candidate Rev. Al Sharpton about his lack of experience compared to the race hustler’s two Party rivals, then-sitting Senators John Edwards and John Kerry, against President George W. Bush.

“Of all the Democratic candidates out there, why should I vote for the one with the least political experience?” the future Republican presidential candidate Ramaswamy asked.

“Well, you shouldn’t, because I have the most political experience,” Sharpton responded, sparking laughs and applause from the audience. “I got involved in the political movement when I was 12 years old. And I’ve been involved in social policy for the last 30 years, so don’t confuse people that have a job with political experience.”

That old clip went viral over the weekend. Reacting to it on Monday, Ramaswamy wrote on social media, “I’ll give the 18-year-old version of myself a pat-on-the-back for eliciting the most sensible words ever to come from that man’s mouth. 20 years later, it’s funny how the tables have turned.”

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