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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:48 AM
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Dean energizes younger voters
http://www.knoxstudio.com/shns/story.cfm?pk=DEAN-YOUTH-...

Dean energizes younger voters
By MAEVE RESTON
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 07, 2003

DURHAM, N.H. - On the final stop of presidential hopeful Howard Dean's four-day drive to attract younger voters, the line stretched all the way out the door in the University of New Hampshire Student Center and down a long hallway.

There was some pushing, a little too much shoulder-rubbing and more than a few groans from the fresh-faced crowd of college students when Dean volunteers finally announced that they had reached auditorium capacity of about 800, and that the 200 or so latecomers were going to have to listen outside.

Welcome to the Generation Dean tour, where the old rules that young voters don't vote and don't care just don't seem to apply anymore.

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He bounded onstage at the New Hampshire campus and urged the under-30 crowd to fight for a change in power to stop the nation's rising deficit, which they will pay for, and care about a foreign policy he believes is creating enemies around the world.

"You are going to inherit this country after this election, and the kind of country you are going to inherit is up to you," he said. "People your age are not turned off by doing something for society; they just don't vote because we don't give you a reason to vote. And we're going to give you a reason to vote in this campaign."

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Go Dean!
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LuminousX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:53 AM
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1. Youth Outreach
I love these stories about Dean getting the 'slacker Gen-X and Gen-Y' vote.

These young people are cynical and yet Dean is still able to get them excited about the political process.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:55 AM
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2. I get a real good feeling when I read about "energizing young
voters"...This is what it's going to take to beat the tar outta bush.

Young voters, old voters, middle aged voters(moi)..all new to the voting process! And Bev Harris et al who working hard to make sure we have a fair and legal "process".
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:59 AM
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3. Whatever it takes
We need to bring back or get millions of voters that didn't vote in 2002, plus keep building for the future. I'm glad to see the youth taking interest in their country too.

I have been very impressed with how the campaign is engaging supporters. At our last meetup, we collected items for food drives and baby clothes. People in the campaigns feel like they are making a difference in their communities. Very smart way to keep everyone doing something positive.

Go Dean Go!

Sonia
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Gringo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 11:00 AM
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4. He's no RFK
But he ain't bad. Go Dean!
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 11:06 AM
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5. No, he's our Dean. And we're his supporters. Dean is not
a part of a political dynasty and I like it that way~
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Gringo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 11:44 AM
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9. Well, RFK never had the chance to "become"
Hopefully Dean will emerge as something even more than RFK in the long run, and without Clinton's annoying sex baggage...
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 11:06 AM
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6. I find the term Deany-Bopper quite humorous
Dean is using a lot of young people so draws the younger crowd. I can only give praise to any candidate who will reach out to all aspects of our culture. Young, Old, Black, White, Republican, Democrat. Dean is reaching out better so far than any other candidate.
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Demobrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 11:15 AM
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7. As a middle-aged Dean supporter
I personally love it.
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gully Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 11:33 AM
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8. Fantastic!
Deans da' man!
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