Political Circus: Young voters in a 'Bad Romance' with Obama?
April 4th, 2011
01:36 PM ET
12 years ago

Political Circus: Young voters in a 'Bad Romance' with Obama?

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.

Talking to the young'uns

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, widely believed to be a 2012 Republican presidential contender, is making the rounds in key early voting states like Iowa - and trying his hand at pop culture 101 to win over a growing voting bloc, the Des Moines Register reports.
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  1. gt

    jersey shore voters have tried of the agent of change.... no jobs for those brothers and sisters....high gas prices...no credit..thats what the past 4 yrs got you...

    April 4, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    There. He said it, so now it is a fact. Young voters are disenfranchised with Obama.

    That is just more of the same young people. Has this man provided you with any reason to believe that he has your interests at heart. This guy represents the party that is cutting college tuition grants, wants banks in the loop (taking a cut) when you get your college loan.

    Recent college grad? His party wants to cut assistance to new home buyers. His party wants to cut assistance to those who have parents and in danger of foreclosure.

    Need health insurance? They say go somewhere else and buy it cheaper. That will raise prices everywhere, not lower them as they will have you believe. Oops, you were denied. Too bad.

    April 4, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Pawlenty. We are still waiting to hear something that solves our nation's problems. Please do not wait too long. Anything you say now can will be used against you in a general election, but saying stuff at this point is far more easily denied at some future date.

    In fact, Mr. Pawlenty, you are not on record with any sort of national policy. Ah. Your governership. Hmm. You still want to be be in the race for POTUS, huh? I don't blame you, sir. You certainly look better than current leaders of the pack. But, you don't sound any better.

    April 4, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. kelsey's grammar

    Well looky there, Mr. Rogers is trying to sound young and hip so as to connect with the youngins'. If we in Minnesota, where we have quite a reputation for being nice, don't want Pawlenty then the rest of the nation doesn't want him, either.

    April 4, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Name Creole

    why would they be and Obama is looking out for them don't beleave the lie's trust me they will be out in full force for Obama!!!! Mr. Obama 2012 Baby

    April 4, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    The headline is a bunch of nonsense. The president has done things that the youth(ME) support. Tuition assistance, the repeal of DADT & healthcare reform is what I wanted to see him tackle and he's done just that. He still has my vote over ANY republican you put up against him.

    April 4, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Abe

    Every president has promises one way or the other but for the Republican contenders like Pawlenty will try to say contradictory remarks of the president to attract young voters just in case he makes it. What the young voters should follow is what President Kennedy said " ask not what you country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country. So I will like to make it simple the young generation complains what the government is doing to fix the economy , but then they complain of too big government and interfering in our daily lives. why not ask what can we do to fix the economy or understand the dilemma. The young generation is not running away from Obama , they are just frustrated with every president whether he is republican or Democrat. The young generation has to understand things do not get delivered on a silver platter. So if Pawlenty things Obama has lost the confidence of the young generation, do not fool yourself.

    April 4, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Indy

    The youth generation is not stupid and they want jobs,infrastructure,education and innovation so that automatically disqualifies all Republicans getting a vote from the younger generation. Republicans are against everything that the younger want in their future

    April 4, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. CNN The Masters of Spin

    The election of 2012 will tell it all.....Quote from an April 01 Wall Street Journal article written by Stephen Moore; "Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.
    It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees." (end quote)
    Here is the Hard Truth; our children and grandchildren are subtly being saddled with this enormous debt being ran up everyday by Obambi and his Liberal Democrat friends in Congress and the Senate. It IS this block of "younguns' who are being sold-out and they need to realize what is happening.
    When Social Security is good enough for the working Masses in this country, it shoud be good enough if you are employed by OUR government.......Simply because one is employed by OUR government (both Fed and State) does not give Carte Blanche for Lifetime Retirement and Health Care! No One has paid one dime of Retirement or Health Care for ME except ME....True all things come from God and God gave me the ability to work and earn a living and I do not expect any government program to take care of ME......This greedy bunch of TAKERS in this nation need to realize that regardless of all the protesting, screaming, hiding out in another state, boycotting, and even voting people out will not change the fact that we as a nation are BROKE and are on a down hill slide to bankruptcy.....there are more TAKERS in our Great nation than there are GIVERS! Do the math.....how can anyone with an ounce of common sense think that the shrinking number of Givers are somehow going to meet the forever growing government????......Get a Job, get off welfare.....if you don't NEED it (and i mean really NEEd it) don't TAKE it!

    April 4, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. diridi

    GOP version....o.k....but he is taking the nation to right direction....education...infrastructure, science and tech....R and D, strict immigration, energy...etc.......o.k.....

    April 4, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. AZ DEM

    Good idea from Pawlenty but unfortunately the young voters will vote for someone who is ACTUALLY seeking to help them out through job creation, grants to fund higer education, and giving more opportunities for us in that 18-26 demographic chances for success and avancement. Obama has done ALL OF THE ABOVE and will keep MOST of those votes.

    April 4, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Doyle Wiley, MI

    I believe 2012 will be a serious wake-up call for Pawlenty and his fellow Republicans.

    April 4, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. terry,va

    The young folks of America though it was cool to elect a young black man. They say yes we made history. Yes they did. They will be paying for their ignorance for decades. To the idiots out there that said I made a racial remark. Nope, his policies and not the color of his skin has been my problem with him. I wouldn't care if he was purple, he policies are STUPID !!

    April 4, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Obama and the Dems have a fairly good lock on the youth vote....why else do you think it suddenly became such a high priority to the GOPers to rewrite the history text books, wreck the public education system, privatize education as much as possible and encourage home schooling? Duh. They flipped out when Obama gave a typical "stay in school, work hard and you can achieve your goals" speech and claimed he was trying to indoctrinate the kids with "soshulizms!!" but the reality is, they're doing everything they can to shift education away from truth and accurate historical record in order to help indoctrinate children with their conservative ideologies or, failing that, to make sure that they simply grow up plumb stupid without a clue in the world with which to defend themselves against the GOP's misinformation and demagoguery campaigns. They know who supports them: (a) the rich and greedy who know better, but couldn't care less about the rest of us and just want more more more and (b) the too stupid and gullible to defend themselves or know better and who therefore fall for the gimmicks like over-reliance on religiosity and superficial rhetorical nonsense designed to sound folksy and "commonsensical."

    April 4, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. vanessa

    @terry va.. & Bush policies were better??? Umm sure! We sure now r paying 4 Bush irresponsible policies, yet his mistakes r now PRESIDENT OBAMA?.. sad 2 hear such misinformation spreading around. I may not always agree with our president, but i sure I'm PROUD 2 have him as the commander in chief! & 4 sure I will b voting 4 him 1212!

    April 4, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. FM

    The more Pawlenty talks the more he proves his discrepancies. I wish he could have kept quiet like his fellow contenders. He is hurting himself instead of helping!

    April 4, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. vanessa

    & Terry we(the young) did not vote 4 President Obama because we wanted 2 elect a"black man "or because he was cool, popular, but because he made sense! He's intelligent, thoughtful & has all the qualities I like in my president! Enough with the disrespect many of u constantly refer 2 when talking about our President! Obummie ect.. now that is STUPID!

    April 4, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. RiffRaff

    They elected an intelligent charismatic guy who happens to be black. His policies have been effective,the ones he's been able to pass w/o the R's blocking him at every turn. If the R's had any alternatives rather than saying how stupid/dumb/asinine 'Obummie' is then maybe something could get done. Namecalling & finger pointing is not governance.

    April 4, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |