Chris Stirewalt, Ron Bonjean and Garland Nixon discuss President Obama's pitch to young voters.
- Duration 10:05
- Date Apr 24, 2012
Chris Stirewalt, Ron Bonjean and Garland Nixon discuss President Obama's pitch to young voters.
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That was the portion of North Carolina voters ages 25 to 29 that voted for Barack Obama in that state in 2008 according to exit polls.
And this Internet.
As you well know is power play and I am -- firewall.
And I can tell you the President Obama I would love to do a number anything close to that this year in North Carolina.
And that maybe why he is campaigning in that state today as part of a three swing state two day tour of American college campuses to talk about what he says -- a Republican effort to take away some -- for student loan is for lower income students.
We're gonna talk about that today.
We're gonna talk also about an effort by Democrats in the senate.
To -- upon the Republican nominee Mitt Romney as well -- presumptive nominee Mitt Romney as well as Republicans running for senate a controversial immigration law in Arizona.
We will also be talking about tracking federal waste and fraud with the California congressman who has been part of the GSA hearings.
The show sound so good I can barely contain myself.
And so let's quit no further to meet our distinguished panel today.
You guys know -- bond -- he's former chief of staff.
To the senate Republican conference he's a former director of communications the speaker of the house he's Republican consultant he's a big deal.
-- stipulate for the record okay.
And also a big deal is Garland Nixon he is a radio talk show host is from the blue team he is under the VFW here in Washington he is very engaging show and we're glad you could join us again thank you all right guys.
I wrote in the power play today that.
President Obama has.
Taking a different -- with young voters this time around and he did last time in 2008.
His message on college campuses was debate tremendously optimistic very uplifting.
Attitude about bringing the nation together he emphasize very much too big messages when he was our coaches in 2008 healing.
Getting over the -- -- he divides of the past.
And his position on foreign policy.
As juxtaposed with the -- one of the Republican Party in the person -- John McCain this time he's coming with the messages that Republicans are trying to take your stuff.
And don't let them do it how is that going to play out let's start with you garlic.
Actually I think he's going to be very well though the question is what persuaded him whether he's going to get bit it's tremendous amounts numbers of college students.
To the polls as he did before but I think he's going to do well he's had some some some successes.
There was some policies that -- college students are very very will be very happy about and then asked to do with student loans but I do think that the Obama administration hasn't done as good a job as the -- they should have with.
Touting those successes that we have to get the message out they've done some good things they got to let people know more about what they've done.
-- in 2008 Barack Obama increased the share of the electorate represented by voters eighteen to 29.
Two a sort of generational high.
And 18% he won them overwhelmingly an offset his four performance for senior citizens and carried him into this big number.
Isn't he going to do about like that again.
Now I don't think so I think I'm going to do had a significantly -- Amount of young people supporting him -- that's because of the economy.
You know these young people go out and they're trying to get jobs -- -- having a tough time doing it and his staff to change that President Obama promised these young people.
And it's it's something that they're frustrated I don't think you're going to see this many young people support President Obama and have that cushion.
Going into the election to have that enthusiasm.
That you don't see it right now in the stories that I've been reading lots of students are frustrated -- on the.
Country and Garland that's sort of two.
To your point he's going to win we know the president -- -- is no question the President Obama will win.
The majority of voters eighteen to 29.
Democrats always win the majority of voters eighteen to 29 but typically it's in the 10% range that's what modern.
Exit polls have told us is -- Democrats enjoyed a ten or twelve point advantage.
But your John Kerry or Al Gore or Bill Clinton or whomever younger voters -- to 10-Q V.
Democrat by that kind of a margin.
If President Obama Garland has that kind of -- and again.
He might very well lose because he's pulling poorly and -- it folks basically forty and over he doesn't do very wealthy older folks.
What does he need to do you say that he needs to make his case that are about what he's right college students but for the what -- talking about for the economy and how rough that's been on young people what does he need to do for this whole decade this gamut of eighteen to 29 -- To get them re engaged in vote for him and look.
And I think the key campaign is gonna play this out throughout the summer and the fall and that is this.
He needs to draw the contrast because -- -- talk about whether he's -- -- get those with this -- for that -- we didn't discuss it as though he's running against you know some unnamed Republican right candidate the fact of the matter is he's running against someone -- Mitt Romney and Mitt Romney has made some statements he's had to make some statements to the -- to get support to get the nomination that kind of may -- some of these groups such as -- -- -- -- It's the -- -- the -- statements this for his his statements about -- statements about you know bombing Iran attacking Iran while president has.
-- to do -- -- the the war the occupation in Iraq still there or there's some ammunition for the president to use that.
You know I think that's very much -- all no I didn't but.
But I do think he's gonna have to draw that contrast with the students to -- for lack of a better way to put it is since you.
Make his case but to kind of scary to a little bit with that run -- but run.
The college students that voted for President Obama team that's meant a lot of them -- And we should be clear here we're talking about the younger cohort because folks who -- nineteen vote a lot like the folks who are 26.
They tended to do in college or just out of college what have.
The these voters were drawn -- -- -- because of his foreign policy in large part we're now more than two years into the Afghan surge.
The war is very unpopular polls show that it's especially and partly just as the Iraq War was.
With younger voters they -- it the most is -- away from Mitt Romney to use that against the president without undercutting.
Himself with his -- base -- it's a very good question -- -- the ground he has to stick with this Afghanistan strategy 2014 the trial.
But I think it's important for him to say look you know I would handle foreign policy differently I would handling gauging -- differently and in the Israeli relations I'll make sure that we don't get drawn into another conflict.
And if we do it's going to be short and sweet.
It's going to be a tough case to make but you know I'd rather be brownie trying to -- voters -- the into his camp.
Then President Obama trying to keep these voters who are disillusioned.
-- so -- among them.
-- the folks who are in this age cohort the US the 53 point 6% rate of unemployment or underemployment.
You have more American adults living with her parents that at any time since the 1950s.
They had a student loan.
You're a university student on this now larger than one trillion dollars.
So there working as a -- said they're living in their mom's basement.
Is the president suffering from over promising from not tempering expectations for these young -- before.
I think he's got to make the case as to why they're there is what caused it -- what -- the reason there and what gives them -- keep in mind he has made some changes.
Regarding student loans and help brands that are gonna benefit students that are bad that that put them in a better position in the -- The other thing is going forward he has to compare his that is his policies and his economic policies to Mitt Romney I mean.
-- if you look at that 99% if they're mostly the the people who are out there protesting originally students.
And they are upset a -- about -- income inequality now when he points and Mitt Romney's.
Policies that are gonna slash -- attacks -- regardless of what do you think they'll work or not.
They're going to slash taxes for the wealthy I think that is certainly an issue it's not -- -- play well with people who are out there protesting in sleeping in the -- because they're -- Run Mitt Romney is totally uncool.
He's totally from where he's -- -- he's totally square with the mom jeans the whole thing.
The candidate president -- -- -- yeah didn't he went to war I think socks with -- And helmet right on the bicycle and -- -- that either of these guys -- a -- Albert Reynolds served as smokey and the -- I'm just saying that.
Mitt Romney's is not a cool do right so how does he make this he bothered as he -- to make the pitch for young voters.
Or does he just trying to hold down hold -- the -- you know I.
Think he has to play your strengths and that is talking about how he can create jobs in this country that's what they want when they graduate.
But isn't being -- isn't so much -- that you it is fun Rooney graduated but I want -- better I found maps in admit -- can talk about.
Look you know when you graduate college -- the opportunities that I want or I won it.
Conditions for you to get.
If he can do that there may be a connection but you're right I mean it's going to be hard for him to try to relate to that young person -- That was my -- -- trying not to get somebody gets bit and here is -- -- -- out of the next time he goes to Starbucks who we will stipulate to being a breeze you can be very cool.
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