Millennials Speak Out: Where do young voters stand?
Former Democratic congressional candidate takes questions
- Duration 5:42
- Date Jun 25, 2012
Former Democratic congressional candidate takes questions
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66% of -- Voted for Barack Obama in 2008.
From recent polls show -- that age group.
He's not a slam -- this time for the president.
Joining us now is rest -- Johnny she is a former deputy public advocate for New York just ran a democratic congressional seat campaign in 2010.
To make another run for public office in the future.
Why I have no idea that's -- -- -- good to see you again get to see itself all right how we're gonna let some of these colonials.
Ask you questions I hope they really -- Democrat I hope they really real.
If that's that's that's I'm just kidding.
Question for Russia and this is no me.
Hi -- and I need to know -- times I have recently was a congressional candidate in Arizona running TV he's got.
And my question is regarding something they came up on the campaign trail it was a recent race.
You know we all know about the union issues that have been going on Wisconsin recall effort to Democratic Party -- -- Should be as loyalty unions.
With the Y generation rising up that that seems to be human partially what's for the Democrats and Republicans -- they challenges.
The state of unions in America.
And well being in existence -- not.
Well look I.
Think that unions are so important to the middle class right and regardless what party you're part of unions have put forth policies that benefit all of us for example the five day work week right that was because of unions.
Fun and right now -- the past decade there's very few Americans that are doing super well right.
But the majority of us were seeing our paychecks -- -- -- our household expenses.
On and we need you need to continue to fight for the middle class and make sure that they protect voters.
And really it's it's not without unions if that's it's not the issue right it's about getting Americans back to work.
-- things that -- I'm really concerned about.
Is the -- quality issues that we're seeing a flow out of -- governor Scott.
And I want to know what's your opinion is do you think that America is being aggressive enough in the context.
Minority voters and the context and as a progressive I think that's really important.
So we see the participation of everybody economics or process because that's what democracy so it was all about -- -- -- -- -- Democratic Party is being aggressive enough -- shorn.
Bad bad that GM franchise -- have everybody is is always a short and undemocratic process.
I am I -- great question.
They're absolutely be impressive don't need to do more what's happening in Florida is not about voter fraud is about voter suppression.
I get people I haven't I haven't noticed on offense a letter to a World War II bats.
Asking him to prove his citizenship act.
That's absolutely wrong and we know Florida's going to be incredibly close.
And the minority -- is critical to Obama winning in that race.
And so what's happening out there is absolutely wrong and I think every one of us mr.
need to get activated and need to get up that need to get engaged on the says ship.
Put that I mean -- did the issue was dead people illegal people but they weren't they called some -- -- and they weren't dead and they were illegal and hundreds of people -- warden said I'm actually citizen I have the right.
They'll have to get to -- OK let's let's move on let's go to -- Peter and Jonathan governor thank you.
My questions about the deficit.
-- deficit spending isn't free money do you agree that it is a practice that unfairly burdened young voters and what steps can you take to stop it.
It's a great question.
Look I think that we have to get our arms around spending and domestic spending and Obama has you know recently signed a bill that reduced spending by two trillion dollars the lowest amount of domestic spending since.
He is basically making sure that all of us pay our fair taxes which includes millionaires and billionaires who continue to benefit come from this Republican congress.
He's also making sure that companies continue to get tax breaks to create jobs here and not a -- I I now understand that you're concerned his high unemployment rates among morning else why should have a Democrat in this election.
Three reasons number one.
The president's position on student loan reform how many do you think college is too expensive.
You graduate he not only get a diploma but you get almost 26000.
Dollars in cats.
That's outrageous and we cannot Al we cannot -- -- college education.
The president has tirelessly fought for reform.
On he's basically produce sixteen billion dollars and and being subsidies he's increasing amount of pell grants he's provided families with a 101000 dollar tax credit.
And this past week you know he's been -- -- That for seven point five million students at their still loan rates should not double and the Republicans have stood in the middle of back.
That's -- Sackett and this issue was raised early air up because a President Obama 2.5.
Million young people have health care.
Third I was so proud of my president last Friday when he signed executive order for DREAM Act for -- students.
-- -- That is true then brought here by no app to their own -- turn around to one -- doctors and engineers in the next Steve Jobs.
And instead they're not able to go to the -- able to go to college -- from we got to make sure that we are educating everybody at their fullest potential and I believe.
That immigrants are -- import.
You know half of all startups that were created in this country -- created and started by immigrants.
Can't place about her about yeah I -- to thank you very much.