Kasich hugs emotional young supporter

Posted at 10:34 AM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 11:28:54-05

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Gov. John Kasich showed his softer side when an emotional young supporter asked for a hug during an event Thursday afternoon at Clemson University.

Kasich chose Brett Smith, a student at the University of Georgia, to ask the final question of the event. Smith stated he wasn't going to get emotional and then shared how he had been in "a pretty dark place" before finding solace in his faith, friends and "in the presidential candidate I support."

Smith concluded with a request for a hug, which Kasich immediately provided. Watch for yourself in the player above.

At CNN's town hall Thursday night, Anderson Cooper mentioned the "remarkable moment" to Kasich, who responded by saying we should celebrate other people's victories.

"We've got to slow down and then we got to carry out our God-given destinies and potentials and gifts and ... yet it's definitely changed me because it's slowing me down. I've learned so much from, listen, everybody here. You've got to celebrate other people's wins, and sometimes you've got to sit with them and cry," Kasich said.