Washington (CNN) - Hours before President Barack Obama holds a town hall simulcast on MTV, CMT, and BET as part of the Democratic party's drive to motivate younger voters to cast ballots in the midterm elections, the Democratic National Committee released a new ad to coincide with the president's event.
"Two years ago, you defied the conventional wisdom in Washington. You proved that the power of everyday people... was stronger than the forces of the status quo," says Obama in the commercial.
"On November 2nd, we face another test. If the other side does win, they will spend the next two years fighting for the very same policies that led to this recession in the first place. We cannot sit this one out," adds Obama.
The clip of Obama is from a speech he gave at a large DNC sponsored rally at the University of Wisconsin on September 28. DNC officials say the ad will run Thursday in what they say is heavy rotation on BET and on MSNBC.
The rally in Wisconsin was the first event over the past three weeks in which the president reached out directly to younger voters, who helped Obama to victory in the 2008 presidential election. This past Sunday the president headlined a party rally in Philadelphia and Tuesday he was the main attraction at a town hall on the campus of George Washington University in the nation's capitol that was put out live on the internet.
"It will take more than TV ads and staged rallies to reconnect with the youth vote," says Republican National Committee Deputy Communications Director Katie Wright. "What Democrats don't realize is that young voters are disenchanted with the White House's failed economic policies that have only increased job uncertainty and their share of the debt Democrats."
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