Is it just me, or does a candidate actually have to reach out to constituents in order to win elections?
Seems like a foreign concept to Mitt Romney.
In a phone call with supporters, Mitt Romney blamed his loss on Obama buying the support of key demographics--like young Americans--with political “gifts”:
“In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups...With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift. Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”
This is all true, but no one has the right to whine when they made no effort to win over young people. Conservatives must learn that winning elections will be impossible if we keep ignoring college campuses.
This election was the perfect opportunity to win back a large portion of the youth vote. Young people were notably less enthusiastic about President Obama because of his failed policies and broken promises that have left young people economically devastated. Mitt Romney had the opportunity to connect the economic policies of President Obama to why young people are seeing higher tuition, no jobs, and a higher cost of living.
But, he didn’t.
He didn’t even make an attempt to hold events or plan solid get-out-the-vote efforts on college campuses. In fact, we’ve talked to many student leaders that said the Romney campaign actively shut down requests for campus campaign events and asked students to terminate social media efforts such as “Students For Romney”.
Romney instead wanted to peel his student volunteers off campus to make phone calls and go door-to-door for the campaign. Romney missed out on a historical opportunity to win over first-time voters and the many students that are second-guessing their support for the President.
Did Romney really think he could win the hearts of young Americans who have only been hearing from and seeing the Obama campaign actively engaging them on campus? When has that ever been the case? Never.
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