NMX: College Republicans Chair: Young Will Abandon Obama

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 07:01 PM

By Henry J. Reske and Kathleen Walter

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The youth vote will abandon President Barack Obama in 2012 and switch to Mitt Romney because of the high unemployment rate among the young, Alex Shriver, chairman of College Republicans said when interviewed by Newsmax.TV.

Shriver, speaking to Newsmax from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, noted that Obama got 66 percent of the youth vote in 2008, a 2-to-1 margin over GOP candidate John McCain.

“But the fact of the matter is, young people are sitting here 3 1/2 years later not better off,” he said. “Three in 10 live with their parents. It’s the highest level since the 1950s. Sixteen percent youth unemployment; that’s twice the national average. And you people who voted for hope and change are realizing that President Obama is much different than candidate Obama. So we’re confident that spending the next 70 days, talking about our plans and our candidates, it will garner their support and they’ll vote for us in November.”

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Shriver was reluctant to predict youth turnout in 2012 but noted that 2008, 17 percent of the electorate was under the age of 30.

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“That’s actually interesting,” he added. “We had more voters under that age of 30 the last couple of presidential elections than we have over the age of 65. Young voters are engaged. They’re energetic. We think that they’re going to be fired up. We hope to see an even greater turnout than 2008. We just want to make sure we see it for our side.”

To court the 55 to 58 percent of young voters that polls show plan to go for Obama, Romney must keep the message on “jobs and the economy.”

“Young people care about the same issues that all voters care about,” he said. “They just affect them differently. Seventy-four percent of young people’s No. 1 issue: jobs and the economy. That’s what this election is about and as long as that’s what we’re talking about, we’re going to do just fine.”

The key to courting young people on campus, he said, is social media, Facebook, Twitter, and “that’s where we’re spending our time.”

“Our message is very simple: Our generation can do better, and my generation deserves better,” he said. “That’s what I talked about on stage; that’s what I’m here to talk about all week. That is what we’ll be talking about for the next two months. And people are fired up here. It’s great to see. It’s good to see so many young delegates and College Republicans and young Republicans involved in the process and involved in the convention. And we’re excited for the next three days.”

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