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A record number of young voters came out in droves in 20082.
Campaign and vote for President Obama the four years later.
That's support may be running -- what's happened is joining us now to weigh in our -- sold this from.
Cross for his generation and -- Tisch Sussman.
From the young Democrats of America ladies thanks so much for being here.
So we noted 2008 young voters were very energized and in they turned out to vote for Barack Obama.
Kristin will we see the same thing this year.
People see a lot of young voters turn out but I don't think we'll see them turn out is in such high levels for Barack Obama.
The unemployment rate for voters eighteen to 24 ticked up yesterday.
From 15% to fifteen point 4% you're seeing.
Huge numbers of young Americans having to move home with their parents after they graduate from college this is not the hope and change that they voted for four years ago.
And particularly these first time voters who are new who didn't vote for Obama last time they're up for grabs if Republicans really make an effort to reach out to them this year.
Well we have some numbers that may help illustrate your point let's pull up our full -- about young voters here.
That well there on employment vote but he let's start with -- unemployment problems if you're age eighteen to nineteen near and you're have a point 3% unemployment rate but of course a lot of those kids are in college then when you're graduating from college aged twenty to 24.
It goes up to twelve point 9% still obviously higher than the national average of eight point 2% heavily.
Do you think that that's going to be the issue they vote on.
Hi thank -- for having me on pleasure I -- I think thanks I think if we look at the larger picture here.
I mean if Republicans really think that they can win over young people on the issues.
Then why are they working so hard to pass voter ID laws across the country that will prevent young people from voting.
And in fifteen states have passed voter -- laws in the past couple of years and fact damaged the Pennsylvania majority leader even said.
This voter ideologue will help deliver what public for the state for governor Romney OK let me ask you to -- to get -- -- -- -- you wanna tackle that that the voter ID laws -- keep young voters away from the.
-- You know I think I -- as many young people as possible out -- voting and I I think that the number of young people voting is gonna have much less of an impact.
Then how they break and I think in many of these swing states for instance North Carolina.
It's just a few percentage points get knocked off of Obama's tally among young voters that states flips -- -- Mean there are many of these swing states where young voters it's not necessarily how many -- But it's how they vote and I you know I agree with Emily that I'd love to see young voters though but I think that Obama can't count on having them in as high numbers this -- but.
Let's look at it because it does look like it's an uphill battle for Republicans let's look at these numbers together.
Voters aged 25 to 29 still flat 46% -- President Obama.
-- over Romney and then voters aged eighteen to 24.
Still 41% to two point 9% so heavily I mean there is an uphill battle for Mitt Romney.
Though there definitely is an uphill battle I think that the -- -- and I could not agree anymore on the more young people are voting the batter as long as we can get young people to the polls.
That's mean and that's the best vision for our country is possible.
Not what I do think we're seeing some of the -- is that you know the 2008 was an exceptional once in a lifetime election.
And I think we're seeing now among young people is that the realizing that.
Governing is hard.
It's heart you know it's hard to hack it it's wonderful to have ideas coming in but it is hard to actually implement those ideas not that those ideas or not.
It's particularly difficult when you have an opposition party who is.
You know really sat on blocking.
Every one of those -- as -- Really did not willing to -- a chance to get them really -- I mean the focus here really should be what is best for America and not what could potentially embarrass the president okay Chris I don't like -- -- -- around.
You know in the in the exit polls in 2010.
Voters eighteen to 24 with the least likely to say that they thought that the stimulus had worked.
Young Americans are looking at Obama's economic policies in the last four years they're saying I don't think I want another four years of this I think Republicans have a real opportunity to reach young voters.
And that it'll be a huge huge huge part of if Republicans are able to win this election -- -- thanks so much for this debate we'll see what happens -- and souls just.
Satellite dish Sussman thanks so much for coming in --
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