2020 Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg appeared on Hardball this past Monday, June 3, to answer questions about his policy ideas. One question, however, came from the most unlikely of places: Buttigieg's own past.
While recording the episode of Hardball, host Chris Matthews surprised Buttigieg with an unearthed clip from 2003 of a young Buttigieg, then a student at Harvard, asking a question a similar Hardball College Tour.
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The old clip shows Buttigieg asking a question to former Democratic majority leader Dick Gephardt about young people engaging in politics. Gephardt urges all the young people in the audience to get involved as soon as possible—advice Buttigieg, the youngest Presidential candidate in the race, obviously took to heart.
@hardball @PeteButtigieg That’s a great moment— justwithaguitar (@justwithaguitar)1559607882.0
Viewers were astounded the Hardball team managed to track down the old clip.
@hardball @PeteButtigieg Bravo to your producers who dug this up!— Joshua Grotheer (@Joshua Grotheer)1559607162.0
@hardball @PeteButtigieg Kudos to the Hardball team!— SpyGirl (@SpyGirl)1559607991.0
@hardball @PeteButtigieg That was great.— Another You (@Another You)1559606777.0
Buttigieg seeing himself from 16 years ago up on the screen was probably the last thing he expected.
@hardball @PeteButtigieg Pete’s reaction is priceless!— MB Miller (@MB Miller)1559609087.0
The clip also had many viewers missing Dick Gephardt.
@hardball @NBCNews @PeteButtigieg I was one of those young people in 2003 working as a field organizer on Dick Geph… https://t.co/qVAqD5Qwh3— Jane Mayberry (@Jane Mayberry)1559618336.0
Fortunately, the entire Gephardt family was watching and threw their support behind Buttigieg!
@hardball @PeteButtigieg Thanks for making @dickgephardt grandsons Truman and Ernest scream for joy! Really fun to… https://t.co/9KykukCQOn— Tricia Gephardt (@Tricia Gephardt)1559609169.0
@TriciaGephardt @hardball @PeteButtigieg @dickgephardt @mattgephardt Hey Truman and Ernest!— Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten Buttigieg)1559610599.0
@Chas10Buttigieg @hardball @PeteButtigieg @dickgephardt @mattgephardt Waking up to a message from you will send the… https://t.co/h3Znzq666W— Tricia Gephardt (@Tricia Gephardt)1559612542.0
The moment, showing how composed Buttigieg even was as a college student, was undeniably adorable.
@hardball @PeteButtigieg What a great research work! How cute! OMG! He's really an adorable fellow! We are all pro… https://t.co/dHrDGxch4J— BPS (@BPS)1559606746.0
@hardball @PeteButtigieg Mayor Pete is impressing me...👍👍👍👍— 🌻🌼 (@🌻🌼)1559607595.0
Twitter just wanted to pinch young Mayor Pete's cheeks!
@hardball @PeteButtigieg Cute moment. Love #MayorPete— Patrick White (@Patrick White)1559606823.0
@hardball @PeteButtigieg This was actually the best thing I’ve watched like in forever— Ruark Wicka (@Ruark Wicka)1559607005.0
It was also touching to see that Gephardt's advice was taken to heart so thoroughly!
@hardball @PeteButtigieg I loved that. Tears are streaming down my face and my heart is joyful. ❤️😊— Gregory Maldonado (Dr. M) (@Gregory Maldonado (Dr. M))1559606112.0
Then, in yet another surprise twist, Gephardt himself made a special appearance via satellite!
Special @hardball moment at the @PeteButtigieg town hall — @dickgephardt joins live via satellite. Buttigieg asked… https://t.co/bQvLZxKcmL— Jesse Rodriguez (@Jesse Rodriguez)1559606100.0
@hardball @PeteButtigieg Full circle experience 🥺♥️♥️♥️♥️— Monsters Nation (@Monsters Nation)1559607732.0
The 2020 Presidential race is far from over, but Mayor Pete Buttigieg seems to be making a good impression wherever he goes.
TUNE IN: Before #PetePlaysHardball, @HardballChris got a tour of South Bend from Mayor Pete Buttigieg. https://t.co/vTBWq5NFNG— Hardball (@Hardball)1559603104.0