Vivek Ramaswamy questions why he should vote for the “less experienced” presidential candidate in a resurfaced clip from 2004

A 20-year-old clip of Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy asking then-Democratic presidential candidate Reverend Al Shapton why he should vote for him given his lack of “political experience” has resurfaced on social media.

Ramaswamy, a 38-year-old political novice whose candidacy has come under fire from several of his 2024 rivals for his greenery when it comes to policymaking, even shared the clip Monday in a post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, and joked “it’s funny how the tables have turned.”

“Reverend, hello. I’m Vivek and I want to ask you, last week on the show we had the Senator. [John] Kerry, and this week and the week before we had Senator [John] Edwards. And my question to you is, of all the Democratic candidates out there, why should you vote for the one with the least political experience? Ramaswamy, then a student at Harvard University, asked Sharpton during a public meeting on October 27, 2003, moderated by former MSNBC host Chris Matthews.

I’ll give my 18 year old self a pat on the back for eliciting the most sensible words to ever come out of that man’s mouth. 20 years later, it’s funny how the tables have turned. 😄 pic.twitter.com/PfehQRXSvz

—Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) August 29, 2023

“Well, you shouldn’t, because I have the most political experience,” Sharpton replied, drawing laughter and applause from the student crowd.

“Do not confuse people who have a job with political experience,” added the civil rights activist.

Ramaswamy, who was 18 at the time of his televised meeting with Sharpton, seemed pleased with the Democratic presidential nominee’s response, smiling and nodding as the crowd applauded.

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Vivek Ramaswamy asks then-Democratic presidential candidate Reverend Al Shapton why he should vote for him given his lack of “political experience.” msnbc

“I’ll give my 18 year old self a pat on the back for provoking the most sensible words to ever come out of that man’s mouth. 20 years later, it’s funny how things have changed,” Ramaswamy wrote in his tweet on Monday, including a laughing emoji.

Former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley criticized Ramaswamy’s lack of experience during the first Republican debate last week, after accusing the businessman and author of supporting foreign adversaries and wanting to abandon US allies.

“You have no foreign policy experience and it shows,” Haley said in an attack directed at Ramasamy.

Vivek Ramaswamy even shared the clip on X and said, “It’s funny how the tables have turned.” msnbc

Former Vice President Mike Pence also questioned Ramaswamy’s policies at various points during the Milwaukee forum.

“There are people on this stage who don’t even talk about things like Social Security and Medicare. I mean, Vivek, you recently said that one president can’t do it all,” Pence said. “Well, I’ve got news for you, Vivek: I’ve been in a hallway, I’ve been in the west wing. A president of the United States has to deal with all the crises that the United States faces.”

“Joe Biden has weakened this country at home and abroad. Now is not the time for on-the-job training,” argued the former vice president in another taunt directed at the political newcomer.

Former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley criticized Ramaswamy's lack of experience during the first Republican debate last week. Vivek Ramaswamy was criticized by former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, criticizing the presidential candidate for his lack of experience during the first Republican debate last week. REUTERS

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“We don’t need to bring in a rookie,” he added. “We don’t need to bring in inexperienced people.”

Ramaswamy polls 7.5% of the polls nationally, according to an average of RealClearPolitics polls, putting him in third place in the GOP primary, behind former President Donald Trump (53%) and Florida Governor , Ron DeSantis (13%).

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