Conservapedia Forum: How Can John McCain Connect Better With Young Voters?

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This forum was prompted by a July 2008 story on about Senator John McCain's apparent problems in connecting with young Republican voters. Some of the most interesting comments came from Eric Pearlmutter, a member of the Young Republicans at the University of Southern California, who said the roaring enthusiasm that follows Obama is missing among conservatives his age. Pearlmutter also said he cringed when McCain admitted he doesn't use e-mail, and pointed out that the images used in McCain's campaign -- such as a message about small businesses showing a barber shop with a traditional red and blue pole -- hardly connect to the younger generation. "Well when you see the Main Street barber shop image, you think of 1950s America -- an entrepreneur, a Silicon Valley guy would definitely make him more attractive," he said.

McCain also acknowledged the importance of using the Internet to reach out to a generation that stays in touch via social networking sites. On MySpace, Obama has more than 427,000 friends, compared with less than 60,000 for McCain. Obama also has increased his college-age appeal by holding rallies and giving speeches at hundreds of campuses. McCain has said he recognizes he needs to get out to those venues "where young people are engaged and receiving their information and forming their opinions."

Forum Question

Given that McCain has acknowledged the importance of connecting and resonating with young voters, what should he be doing more or less of to achieve that goal in a meaningful way to impact the election?

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  • First off, he needs to focus less on attacking Obama without offering a better counter-plan at the same time. Obama beat Clinton because the voters wanted "new ideas" over "experience", and McCain's not been coming up with enough of the former. --DinsdaleP 12:07, 24 July 2008 (EDT)
  • Well, first off, he made a brilliant choice in that regard with Sarah Palin who is about the same age Obama is. Another idea is that he run his campaign with young people in mind. Not nearly enough young adults are Republican, since they buy into all the junk public schools feed them, about "abortion rights" and "gay rights". JY23 18:45, 17 September 2008 (EDT)
The Palin observation is a good one. Can you expand more on what you mean when you suggest that he "run his campaign with young people in mind". What can Republicans do to connect better with young people? --DinsdaleP 21:00, 17 September 2008 (EDT)
  • As a Democrat who was actually saddened to see McCain lose the Republican Ticket in 2000 to You-Know-Who, I wanted to have debates as to whether to vote for Obama or McCain. If he had picked Mike Huckabee over Palin, and dropped the crappy radio commercials, I would have seriously considered voting for McCain. Unfortunately, he let Rove manipulate him into giving the VP ticket to Palin, which really caused a revulsion in several neutral voters. --TomRobinson 13:52, 7 June 2010 (EDT)

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