Washington (CNN) – President Obama won't have a lock on the youth vote in 2012 ... or so claims one of his potential Republican challengers.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told Vanderbilt University's student newspaper last week that his nascent campaign has been reaching out to young voters in all the right ways, like announcing his presidential exploratory committee on Facebook and appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Pawlenty, who was participating in a symposium at the Nashville-based university, also predicted some buyer's remorse on the part of young voters.
"President Obama is going to help us (get the youth vote) because a bunch of people that voted for him last time feel duped, and they aren't going to sign up again for dupe version two," Pawlenty told the Vanderbilt Hustler. "The excitement around his rhetoric that has now soured into the reality of his, in my view, flawed leadership, is now evident for all to see."
Pawlenty ticked through a few attributes that make him more appealing to the under-30 crowd than some of the other potential candidates.
"For a candidate, I am relatively young," the 50-year old said. "I have a more recent connection to the younger generation than some have or might have had in the past. We really understand the new era of communications, and that's why I spend time on Jon Stewart and love to do it."