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Paul Ryan helps GOP increase share of young voters

Posted: August 31, 2012 at 9:30 am   /   by

Paul Ryan is helping the Republican party to increase its share of young voters moving into the 2012 election.  With his youthful look and more casual demeanor than counterpart Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan could significantly diminish Obama’s  previously overwhelming advantage with young voters.

While Obama goes on more campus tours than a high school senior with perfect SAT scores, Paul Ryan is speaking boldly about plans to reform Medicare, prevent a fiscal crisis, and lower the unemployment rate.  The 14.2% jobless rate for young people given by the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t tell the full story.  It doesn’t include the college graduates working retail or slinging drinks while they wait for years on end to find something better.  Those people are officially employed, but they invested time, money, and effort into earning college degrees only to graduate into a stagnant economy with little opportunity.  Others believe they can wait out the Obama economy in grad school, or are forced to delay normal adult impulses like living independently.

That is what the new ad from Crossroads Generation seeks to address by featuring the best zinger from Paul Ryan’s RNC convention speech:  “College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.”


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Hannah Thoreson is a science and technology writer based in northern Virginia. She earned a physics degree from Arizona State University in 2012 and has been causing trouble ever since.

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Paul Ryan helps GOP increase share of young voters