In 2008, President Obama won the youth vote in high numbers. Many young people turned out, calling him relatable and representative of their values. His message of hope and change resonated with what is usually considered an unreliable voting block. Now, in 2012, many wonder if the youth vote is still as “Fired Up!” as they were in the last presidential election.
I recently attended a” Youth for Obama” event. If you think that Obama has lost the youth vote, you may be surprised. For many Obama supporters, passing the Affordable Care Act, ending the Iraq war, and bailing out the auto industry is more than enough to keep them on “Team Obama.” And while 46 million Americans are in poverty, eight percent unemployment rates, and a growing deficit, many young people still believe that President Obama can fix America’s biggest problems if he is given four more years. (And a supportive Congress.)
Here it is, in their own words.