Obama won't hold on to youth vote, Pawlenty claims
March 30th, 2011
03:41 PM ET
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Obama won't hold on to youth vote, Pawlenty claims

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."

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  1. Ann

    Wow Pawlenty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You are copying the Presidents playbook of using social media and appearing on John Stewart' show and then you want to tell him that he will not have a lock on the Youth vote? Why are you copying him in the first place? Let me inform you of something – Mr. Wet Mop – get a personality, you are no Barack Obama

    March 30, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Indy

    Yeah thats right all the youth want to take your time machine and go back to the 1700's.Pawlenty is more out of touch then ever with htis kind of thinking. The youth wants jobs and Republicans have no clue how to create one single job. The only youth that could be suckered into the Republican lies is if they are billionaire youths, not too many of those around now is there. The youth of the world like progression not regression and that is all republicans want is to go backwards to the days of Bush or Regan, good God Tim really needs to get a grip on reality.

    March 30, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    There's two young voters in my home that have actually paid attention to what the Republicans have done since the President was sworn in, and will be supporting the President again this time around. Pawlenty, and his party members, in general, can make stuff up, and have an effect on those that follow them, but the rest of us are on to the lies. (i.e. Jobs Jobs Jobs while campaigning – cutting jobs and giving more breaks to the rich after winning. We're so easy to fool it's sad.)

    March 30, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Right, by taking their healthcare away from young college students, by getting rid of these young college student middle class parents jobs that support them, by attacking their grandparents social security and medicare benefits, by re-instating the draft because college tuition is only for the rich, by supporting people like Palin and her uneducated lazy family to dance their way into the WH, the list could go on. Republicans don't understand they have planted too many seeds of doubt in our youth that aren't encouraing to deserve their vote.

    March 30, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Counting The Days

    It has been well over 1,000 days since ANY Republican has proposed a SOLUTION or a PLAN for anything to IMPROVE America. George Bush mentally checked out of the presidency early and he was the last one to put forth SOMETHING [even though I wasn't impressed by it].

    Since then though, the GOP has only been interested in birth certificates and abortions. Saying NO to EVERY thing President Obama has put forth; even when some of these republicans SHARE his position. Meanwhile, the President has been making sure these younger Americans can still get into and pay for college (loans & grants) and can keep healthcare coverage [on their parent's policies].

    "Young People" won't vote for Pawlenty because he has a Twitter feed. They want a functional Republican Party that contributes to SOLUTIONS. They won't be fooled by rhetoric in the face of 1,000 days of hostility.

    Tomorrow it will be 1,001 days.

    March 30, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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