Looking back in history when conservatives have won the youth vote, we can see a clear tie between actively engaging young people during campaign season with voter turnout. President Reagan is the perfect example. In 1984, Reagan won 60 percent of the youth vote, and it is because he was making the effort to engage in conversation with young people and he had an active get-out-the-vote presence with groups such as Young Americans for Freedom on campuses across the nation.
Romney’s speeches were even void of the problems young people are facing. The only thing we ever heard him mention was the rise in college tuition and lack of jobs--both of which were hardly touched nor explained properly in a way that would encourage young people to pick Romney as their guy.
Conservatives need to realize that young people aren’t scary and shouldn’t be avoided--they love freedom and constitutional principles. It’s not a wild dream that young people will ever vote for a conservative. Ron Paul is overwhelmingly popular among young Americans, and for good reason. Ron Paul adheres strictly to the Constitution and isn’t afraid to call out political leaders--both Republican and Democrat--if their actions stray from it. With Ron Paul, what you see is what you get, and young people love the truth he embodies.
I believe that if Ron Paul--a champion of individual liberty--had been the Presidential candidate, he would have easily won the youth vote.
Young people were searching for answers this election, and conservatives--especially Mitt Romney--failed to provide them. Rather than playing Obama’s own game of pointing fingers, Mitt Romney should learn from his own actions and accept the consequences. Conservatives must learn from this election and note the power of the youth vote. It can no longer be ignored.