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Aging Dems Searching for Young Talent

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By    |   Monday, 09 Nov 2015 10:30 AM

Democrats are eager to capture the support of millennials, a key factor in Obama's re-election in 2012, The Hill reports, but many Democratic leaders, including leading presidential candidates, are well over 60. 

Despite a youthful and energized group of Republicans, The Hill notes that Democrats seem relaxed when it comes to the discussion of age.

"Young voters are attracted to the Democratic message of inclusion and willingness to spend on education and healthcare. Alternatively, the Republican message strikes many younger voters, especially single women, as harsh and stingy," said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, according to The Hill.

However, The Hill also notes that since Obama has taken office in 2008, Democrats have wracked up net losses amounting to more than 900 seats in state legislatures, almost 70 House seats, 13 Senate seats and 12 governors' mansions.

Republican strategist Ford O'Connell added that having virtually "no bench" could "hurt them for more than a decade."

Adding to that, Democratic strategist Brad Bannon noted the "the problem for the Republicans is that young voters hate the Republican Party — I mean, they really do . . . They see the Republican Party as a party that wants to turn back the clock."

"What demographic sector is most enchanted with Bernie Sanders, who is no spring chicken?" Boston University professor Tobe Berkovitz asked sardonically, proving a point that the Vermont senator has strong support amongst young liberals.

While the youngest Democratic candidate, Martin O'Malley doesn't fair as well in the polls against Sanders and Hillary Clinton, strategist Mark Mellman, said "there is nothing to say an older candidate can't attract younger supporters."

Mellman added that Sander's appeal to young voters is not in the least bit surprising.

The Hill reports that discussions about younger Democrats who can perform in the glare of the national spotlight include 48-year-old Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), 46-year-old Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) and a pair of 41-year-old twins: Rep. Joaquin Castro (Texas) and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.

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