October 12th, 2010
10:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama tries to rally young supporters for November elections

(CNN) - Trying to rally young supporters three weeks before congressional elections, President Barack Obama said Tuesday night that they were the best messengers to persuade voters to choose his agenda instead of Republican policies.

"When they hear those things from you directly, that has more credibility than any television ad," Obama told a crowd at George Washington University and people watching online in an event organized by the Democratic National Committee. "You are the most powerful messengers possible. And that's how democracy ultimately should work."

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  1. Vets4Democracy, not Socialism

    It's sad when you have to depend on a young, uninformed base of kids who have not experienced life and do not realize that the last two years have demonstrated a total lack of leadership, continuous excuses and whining, elitism and arrogance, disregard for the private sector in favor of growing government, and 2 million more people out of work, a higher unemployment rate and deficit than in the previous eight years! If the last two years were so constructive and a beginning to recovery, why are all candidates not bragging about the results and conducting smear campaigns only. Here's a hint: when a candidate cannot promote their record and positive impacts they would bring if elected and rely only on smear tactics, it is an obvious sign that the candidate is not worth your vote. The most disappointing part in all this is that the two most senior civilian offices in our government are partakers in this smear campaign. I'll be glad when the elections are done and the rest of us can have our President back addressing our concerns instead of campaigning for his fellow Democrats.

    October 12, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. John G

    You can see the desperation in everything Obama's doing.

    October 12, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. Snow

    obama can really relate to the young in this country, the young have heads full of mush and believe anything liberal professors tell them. The other thing they have in common is that obama like them has never had a job prior to the US Senate where he was a miserable failure and the White House where he is much more a miserable failure.

    October 12, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. CJ Joseph

    The liberal agenda is dead, and Obama killed it, Gobama !!! Try again in 50 years losers.

    October 12, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    "Obama tries to rally young supporters for November elections"

    What's the problem – they were ASLEEP!! Are they BRAIN DEAD and do not know why they are there?? Was the crowd DISAGREEING? Did the crowd BOO him??

    A better headline would be "OBAMA RALLIES YOUNG SUPPORTERS FOR NOVEMBER ELECTIONS" – but CNN is STUCK on Republican Enthusiasm!!

    The young voters will vote – if they vote, they will vote Democrat – when the vote Democrat, we will WIN in November 2010!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 12, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  6. joe

    The republicant's Plaque to America will send us back 80 years before the great depression. Why are most americans so ignorant? They really believe that giving a tax break to the wealthiest top 2 % will create jobs. It has not created any Jobs in the past 10 years,what make you think they are going to create jobs now. There are rich folks with corporations holding on to trillions of dollors right now from the tax breaks and they are not creating jobs. It is simple economics that a lot of dumb ignorant americans don't understand. It is about supply and demand. They are not going to hire anybody until they get someone (consumer) to start buying their product (corporation). I hear these rich people talk about this all the time. Where are you voters. I like what one of the 2% riches americans said on the news today. He said that, he would agree with the government stopping the tax break for weatheist 2% and would go even farther by cutting the tax more for the middle class. He said this would put more money into the middle-class (consumer) hands,so they can buy more products from the (corporations) in turn will create more jobs. the I thought America was smarter than this. Wake up before it is too late.

    October 12, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. joe

    The republicant's Plaque to America will send us back 80 years before the great depression. Why are most americans so ignorant? They really believe that giving a tax break to the wealthiest top 2 % will create jobs. It has not created any Jobs in the past 10 years,what make you think they are going to create jobs now. There are rich folks with corporations holding on to trillions of dollars right now from the tax breaks and they are not creating jobs. It is simple economics that a lot of dumb ignorant americans don't understand. It is about supply and demand. They are not going to hire anybody until they get someone (consumer) to start buying their product (corporation). I hear these rich people talk about this all the time. Where are you voters. I like what one of the 2% riches americans said on the news today. He said that, he would agree with the government stopping the tax break for weatheist 2% and would go even farther by cutting the tax more for the middle class. He said this would put more money into the middle-class (consumer) hands,so they can buy more products from the (corporations) in turn will create more jobs. I thought America was smarter than this. Wake up before it is too late.

    October 12, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. Century21

    Obama missionaries!

    October 12, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  9. Elibrun Pierre

    I encourage all fellow citizens american stand up together vote for democrats on November 2nd 2010 to get out from that recession,peace and may God bless you all.

    October 12, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  10. Anitasmiles

    Obama tries to rally young supporters, really and would they be reminded of how Obama bowed to every leader around the world, and hammered the Americans with a lashing tongue. He entered the presidency office with the false inpression of what he wanted the world to believe, that he was a humble person, so he apologised the world over for the unforgivable sins of the US. Has he ever stood-up for the Americans, come to their aid, such as when there is a worldwide disaster the American people are the first to respond along with Israel, no matter how much we are hated, that hasn't prevented the American people from relinquishing their aide and support. The American people have learned to turn the other cheek. It doesn't matter if it was the American hating country of Iran that needed help, the American people and Israel would put aside all differences and aid in any means they could. Barack Hussein Obama wants the world to seen him as a humble man so therefore he knocks us up against a wall and bows to world leaders. The honest American peopleonly want the world to know we are a caring people whose concerns are for all people however, we will not turn against our long time friend and ally Israel.

    October 12, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  11. Orlando Patriot

    Obama can't go after the "informed" voter because we know what a catastrophe Obama has been to this economy and country. How does a Socialist try to recover? GO AFTER THE "UNINFORMED" VOTER – THAT'S HOW!! Sorry, it won't work this time. To take a phrase from history Obama trying to Socialize this great country you have "Awoken a sleeping giant" which is the Conservatives in this country. You are a disgraceful, arrogant, and incompetent president and the majority of the "informed" voters now realize how extremely dangerous you are. Good riddance to your parties majorities in both the House and the Senate. There are not enough votes left for you to buy..........

    October 13, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  12. J.V.Hodgson

    If the younger people turnout as they did in 2008 then the so called rout of the democrats does not happen.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    October 13, 2010 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  13. barry

    Won't work this time. That snake salesman Hopey Changey didn't work out. The young people can't get jobs either. It was a good lesson for them though. They won't be so gullible again.

    October 13, 2010 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  14. Bill

    This is a lost caused. It worked in 2008 because young adults didn't know the actual Obama. Now that they had 2 years of his policies, they're not going to show up to give him the votes. At least not when there's no job for them after college. Focus on creating jobs and less on campaigning.

    October 13, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  15. King

    Young people see the future and understand what changes it take to compete with colosle powers that are emeging. Old repugs and baggers are stuck in their ways and still think the aproach they took in the 50s and 60s must work today and wont compromise. This is a recipe for disasaster.

    October 13, 2010 08:08 am at 8:08 am |