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Young Democrats: Despite Challenges, Reelecting Obama Remains Priority

Obama can deliver young voters, but future for Democrats is hazy.

CHARLOTTE — Party faithful at this week's Democratic National Convention insist that if there is a dearth of enthusiasm to re-elect President Obama, all will be righted after the President speaks Thursday.

"You might not be able to re-capture what we had in 2008, but we're all still very excited and motivated," said S.C. Rep. Barkari Sellers, 27. "Over the next couple of days you'll see that build up."

Young voters are largely credited with propelling Obama to office in 2008. But there are doubts about whether recent college graduates, who have faced difficult job struggles, will return to the polls this year.

Obama has made high-profile stops at college campuses across the country in the weeks leading up to the convention. An estimated 15 million Americans have reach voting-age since Obama took office, and he's aiming to capture those.

But even some Democrats have doubts. Despite a relatively young 51-year-old president, the party is led by Baby Boomers and holdovers from the Civil Rights movement.

"We've got to do a better job engaging young people," said Fred Swann, 34, of Macon, Ga., who was attending the DNC as a guest this week. "There has been a failure on the local level to engage young people in a meaningful way."

Georgia hasn't elected a Democrat for President since 1996, and South Carolina, where Sellers is regarded as a rising star, hasn't been carried by a Democrat since 1976.

"Our party is one that has to grow," Sellers admits. "When you get old in terms of ideas, you have to reinvent yourself. That's what we are going through right now."

Long-term prospects aside, Democrats at this week's convention say Obama still has what it takes to bring out young voters. They see excitement in Charlotte and back home.

"I know there is a lot of talk out there about the lack of enthusiasm among young people, but I don't know where that's coming from," said Elaine Almquist, 28, of Medford, Mass. "I'm really excited to re-elect our President."

Mitt Romney, despite a sour economy on his side, still doesn't have appeal for young voters, Almquist said.

"Mitt Romney is not even an option," Almquist said. "We're excited to continue … building our economy, investing in the future and making sure that I have a secure future."

reg September 08, 2012 at 05:51 PM
bobby, bobby, bobby - you're at it again. You (eventually, and after multiple requests) presented data, but that data doesn't support your argument - you AGAIN misquote your own last-minute-researched data - and you ignore the question, too. last chance: 1) Boston murder rate is - ACCORDING TO YOUR OWN ATTRIBUTED SOURCE - 13.3, and not the 11.3 you keep pecking in here lately. 2) Massachusetts murder rate DRAMATICALLY INCREASED UNDER ROMNEY AS GOV 3) If you say Democrats are responsible for a high murder rate in Chicago, then - USING YOUR OWN ARGUMENT - Romney was responsible for that dramatic increase in murder while he was governor of that state. Especially since it was a dramatic change from when before he was in that office, and that it dropped off after he left. Again using your same argument, then, "Massachusetts was a failure under the four years of Romney control. The US will be a failure under Romney control."
reg September 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
terrific - then, under your own calculating methods and basis of argument, MITT ROMNEY DID NOT ACCOMPLISH MUCH OF ANYTHING EXCEPT EXTRACT TAXPAYER MONEY.
reg September 08, 2012 at 06:45 PM
so, it's official, then? You can't respond to the terms of the point you yourself introduced, and must resort to more misdirection? Meaning, then, that everyone now knows 100% that you're wrong? You've done this throughout this tread.
stanley seigler September 09, 2012 at 01:02 AM
with all the distractions, unrelated links, it's difficult to determine what (if any) questions have been asked and if any have been answered...but will use misc question(s) as straight line to provide FYI stuff: 'Why do the Democrats celebrate Bill Clinton, as he's largely responsible for causing our current economic conditions???' to name just a few reasons repeating data (facts) posted to this PATCH thread: 1. 8 yr comparison: debt growth under RR was 189% under clinton 37% 2. then along came W and debt growth was 89% 3. The presidents who averaged the most jobs created per month were Bill Clinton, at 217,000; Jimmy Carter, at 188,000; and Ronald Reagan, at 153,000. That's right. Jimmy Carter beat Ronald Reagan. The only president to preside over a cumulative loss of private-sector jobs was, of course, George W. Bush. adding 4. NAFTA - Permitted the largest wave of off-shoring of industrial jobs in our nation's history... maybe but there is NO substantiating data/facts...OTOH NAFTA has more than tripled trade in less than 20 years...between its members...trade grew from $297 billion in 1993 to $1.6 trillion in 2009...Services, such as banking and health care, quadrupled between 2003 and the 2007 peak...U.S. was a beneficiary of low-cost imports from Canada and Mexico, which increased from $151 billion to a record $568 billion in 2009 http://useconomy.about.com/od/tradepolicy/tp/NAFTA_Facts.htm [to be continued]
stanley seigler September 09, 2012 at 01:04 AM
[contd] 'Why do the Democrats celebrate Bill Clinton, as he's largely responsible for causing our current economic conditions???' 5. [clinton] Signed investment bank deregulation that led to the creation of financial derivatives and CDO's that many attribute to be the root cause of the 2008 financial meltdown. and many disagree...many believe the root cause was WS greed...and GOP free market (friedman/rand) philosophy to which GOPs want to return. 6. was budget surpluses mentioned.

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