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President Obama is going after the youth vote during a business slash politics trip.
He's focusing on -- subject very close to the hearts and wallets of millions of Americans.
But things did not go exactly according to plan chief White House correspondent Ed Henry explains.
After hanging back during the Republican primaries President Obama is now slipping -- -- general election mode.
On -- two -- taxpayer funded trip I.
I love North Carolina.
Visiting friendly student crowds in 3 November battlegrounds he's highlighting what the White House was hoping would be a big contrast with presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney -- The president's support for stopping student loan rates from doubling on July 1 to six point 8% that's basically -- tax hike.
For more than seven million students across America this should fit into the White House narrative the president is not the silver spoon candidate.
He's got some talking points about that's.
I don't just get policy briefing on this.
I -- everything come from wealthy families.
Except the president was check baited by Romney has declared -- supports capping the rates and added a shot about the job market for young.
With a number of college graduates.
They can't find work.
For the could only find work well beneath they're skill level and I fully support the effort to extend.
The low interest -- Republicans also note back in 2007.
Then Senator Obama was on the campaign trail.
I missed two key votes on the college cost reduction bill he's now demanding congress extend.
All reasons this official White House trip has campaign overtones.
For president trying to recapture his magical two to one advantage with young voters over John -- Hard to repeat especially since Fox News polling shows since 2008.
His favorability among voters under thirty has dropped 5%.
It is -- favorability has increased by 9%.
If he really captured the imagination of a lot of people who either had never been energized by politics can now that he's an incumbent.
He's had to make some decisions that are necessarily popular and is also responsible.
Have for the direction of the country some -- -- sign has worn off with younger voters.
White House aides note that -- Romney says he supports lower rates he also backs the Ryan budget.
Which would lock in higher rates one reason the president today said that.
Unnamed Republicans are paying lip service to the issue -- -- the candidate of hope in 2008.
-- sharpening the attacks for 2012.
-- and Henry traveling with the president Boulder, Colorado -- thank you.
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