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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Young Republicans react to end of Democratic National Convention

Wisconsin’s young Republicans are criticizing Democrats’ message upon the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last week, saying they didn’t make a good enough case to address the problems facing the country’s youth.

Wisconsin College Republicans said in a statement Friday President Barack Obama failed to outline a plan to deal with the current youth unemployment rate in his convention speech.

“With youth unemployment hovering around 18 percent, all the President could say was that his policies are working, with no mention of unemployment at all,” the statement said.

UW College Republicans Chair Jeff Snow called the President’s speech at the convention uninspiring and said younger people should be concerned.

“He spoke in just generics and he has no specifics and no plan to curb unemployment and to reduce it, especially amongst youth,” Snow said.

Snow also said both Mitt Romney and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan can alleviate concerns for youth voters by placing an emphasis on fixing the debt and promoting private sector growth to allow college graduates to find jobs more quickly.

“Governor Romney is a business guru with great private sector experience and Paul Ryan is a wizard when it comes to the debt,” Snow said.

UW-Madison College Democrats Chair Chris Hoffman disagreed, arguing that Obama has been talking about job growth and helping college students with loan debt since he took office.  Hoffman also said that although Obama has lost some student support, he still holds a double-digit lead in that age group over Romney in most polls.

“He’s been doing the best he can do with the hand he has been dealt which has been a horrible hand to say the least,” Hoffman said.

The president  may face issues with his approval rating amongst youth voters, according to a recent survey cited by the  Wisconsin College Republicans. The JZ Analytics poll showed Obama’s approval has fallen from 60 percent in 2008 to 49 percent today.  

His opponent in the election, Romney, has an approval rating of 41 percent among youth voters according to the same poll, a significantly higher number than the 30 percent John McCain had in 2008.

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