October 14th, 2010
12:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Party ad accompanies Obama pitch to younger voters

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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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. gt

    these young voters will not be fooled again,, all they have to do is ask there parents,,, now mom and dads jobs are gone or pay reduce... young voters now know what happen after obama took office,,,,, disaster !

    October 14, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We need to keep everyone voting and informed about the issues. I don't understand why people don't take their kids to vote and make the proper impression that it should be done. Since I was able to vote, I don't think I have missed more than 5 elections give or take when you include school board elections. If we can't show enough care to vote and learn the issues, then there is a problem with our country.

    October 14, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom(real one)

    According to a poll CNN posted several weeks ago young American voters support Obama by 60%. Some other polls show approval by young Americans as high as 70%.

    October 14, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. 19 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    "Two years ago, you defied logic. You proved that the power of stupid, naive, uninformed everyday people... was stronger than the forces of liberty and common sense," Obama should have said in the commercial.

    Only the stupid, naive, uniformed amongst us still support this idiot and anything he proposes, primarily the young. It is a testament to the poor school systems that the unions and liberals have been runnin gin this country.

    October 14, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Dean

    Tell central casting to send over a new guy to play the role of president. The guy they sent last time is a total failure.

    October 14, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Augsbee

    Yeah, these kids are unaware that they will be responsible in the future to pay back the money we are borrowing and spending and it will be up to them to keep our country from falling into bankruptcy, but their innocent ages keep them from seeing the full picture of what is to come to them and their parents are just as innocent.

    October 14, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It will take more than TV ads and staged rallies to reconnect with the youth vote,"
    Uhh, nope, we don't think so! Have you seen the lines form hours before any rally that the President is speaking at? We do not need to "pack" the house. The house packs itself to the rafters.

    In regards to not getting through to the young voters, who are you trying to kid -AGAIN- GObP? It is the young voters, and the educated middle class, and even plenty in your 2% that support this President because they GET IT. You can keep enlisting your pollsters, and your bloggers, and your CNN to try and draw a different picture but middle America is behind this President. No amount of FOX News, and misleading politcal advertising on your part is going to change that.
    The GObP needs to concentrate on having their heavy contributors from India and China possibly manufacture a contender that could pass muster as their Presidential nominee, because as it stands with the the jokers they have on parade right now Obama is in for a second term.

    October 14, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    When I read some of the comments attached to these CNN articles I'm disturbed by the childish name calling coupled with really nasty and false comments coming from the far-right fringe directed at our President and about half the population. It is remarkable that these despicable and outrageously slanderous comments are presumably coming from mostly voting age adults.
    I guess when you and your preferred candidates have no new ideas or helpful suggestions, except to militantly chant that “you want to take your country back” without any understanding of how to express what that really means, you’re reduced to blurting out repetitive lies and hate until at some point you start living in a fantasy world where these lies and hate become your reality.
    The sad thing is these people have no self-awareness to comprehend how un-American and un-Christian they are, all while claiming a perversely distorted moral or spiritual high ground as they degrade the “Founding Fathers” by asserting their selfless struggle for freedom, or Jesus Christ himself would support this brand of social terrorism.
    As far as loyalty goes, it is clear to me that the only loyalty these people have is to the twisted ideology and celebrities of their preferred politically partisan cable-TV channel, not to our country or our fellow citizens.

    October 14, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. JLNYC

    I can just hope that this younger generation truly takes the time to understand what they are voting for (as we all should) and not get blinded by the "cool" factor, as so many were during the campaign. They can obviously vote either way they'd like but please understand what the impact of that vote is and what is realistic in terms of accomplishment.

    October 14, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. katiec

    Republicans and the media have counted their chickens before they're hatched. All we hear from the media (big business) is how the republicans are winning. Voters are realizing they are promoting the same policies that almost destroyed our country, have sacrificed the American people for their undying support of Wall St, big business, the wealthy and now are allowing corporations, special interests to try and buy the election.
    We cannot allow de-regulation, corporate control, repeal of policies that help us and our country, privitazation of SS, ruining medicare to take place and in voting for any republican, this is what will happen.

    October 14, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    "It will take more than TV ads and staged rallies to reconnect with the youth vote," says ... 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."

    No, the young youth are upset with the RepubliCAN'Ts LACK of SUPPORT for policies that they OPEN HEARTEDLY sworn will be President Obama's waterloo – and for the past two years they have compounded more reasons why they wanted him to FAIL!!! Young voters are smarter than you think and I already feel the AWAKENING!!

    No President should have less than two years to straighten out the MESS and the near DEPRESSION disaster that was handed to him by the RepubliCAN'Ts. NO ONE!!! What the RepubliCAN'Ts are really afraid of is that once President Obama speaks the TRUTH to these youth, it will STIMULATE their minds and they WILL REMEMBER why they voted for President Obama – they DO NOT want MORE of the SAME!!!

    Young VOTERS UNITE – your values are more in gear to what President Obama is trying to succeed in – Education, Financial Reform, Health Care Reform, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Pro-Choice, etc. Don’t let the ADS steer you in the wrong directions because MOST OF THEM are sponsored by foreign interest and MILLION/BILLIONAIRS whose main concern is WALL STREET!!

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

    October 14, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. truth

    America is run by the media and rich Republicans who are bigots. Americans should take note of the Chilean citizens. There was so much love and unity among those people. In America, however, the country is founded on the beliefs of bigots. The rich man lives happy and the poor man get what ever scraps the rich man throws him.

    October 14, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. When You Shine A Light On The Millions That Mega-Corporations Are Paying To Run Attack Ads Against Democrats . . .

    The KOCH-ROACHES scurry.

    October 14, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. americanpapaagainstobozo

    What an incompetent, inept, corrupt lying, union toady. Exactly what policies is he talking about the ones that Barney Frank and the corrupt Democrat liberal Congress enacted at Fannie Mae? The recession did not start until the Democrat liberals had been in office for a year, and has not abated since they won in 2008 and won't until they and this lying, whiny idiot are gone.

    October 14, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |

    I am not trust of him cause he have problems too much with risk so he looking secert of with musilims

    October 14, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    It is getting pretty bad, when you hire actors to attend Town Hall meetings. (shaking my head)

    October 14, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. GL

    Well we will just have to see on Nov. 2, 2010 Ms. Katie.

    October 14, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Len

    What Republicans don't realize is that young voters understand that it was the Republicans who got us into this recession in the first place and that it is President Obama and the Democrats who are working (despite Republican opposition) to get us out of it.

    October 14, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. carlos

    young democrats are FIRED UP and will go out and vote en mass and not for the republiCONS and their dirty money and kochtributions

    October 14, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. S. in California

    Way to go Mr. President! You will have two more young voters in your corner when you are RE-elected. Republicans are shaking in their boots right about now. Keep up the good work and keep bringing it!

    October 14, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Vote for freedom and economic recovery

    Obama wants voters that have little or no experience with actual jobs. He preys on the uninformed. This guy is a Chicago crook. Please base your opinion on WHAT HE HAS DONE and not what he has said. He's done a lot of bad things for the economy and has planned even worse for the manufacturing and energy sectors.

    Obama < Carter (and Carter stunk).

    October 14, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. @Omegaraiel

    Don't let the Republicans eliminate welfare, food stamps, unemployment checks, and social security! Pro-business really means anti-consumer the way republicans mean it!

    October 14, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |