Clueless: Clinton Relying on Multimillionaire to Help Win Over Millennial Vote

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Oct 06, 2016 8:00 AM
Clueless: Clinton Relying on Multimillionaire to Help Win Over Millennial Vote

Hillary Clinton is struggling to shore up the millennial vote and has turned to former Vice President Al Gore for help.

Clinton is apparently hoping Gore can energize the youth vote on the issue of climate change, and also serve to remind them about the lasting consequences of voting for a third party candidate given his experience in 2000.

But the chances Gore will help win millennials over? Not very likely.

Here’s what one left wing millennial has to say about it:

We millennials -- at 33, I'm at the top of the range -- are primed to hear these arguments. As a group, we care more about climate change than older voters. That only makes sense considering we (and all future generations) will inherit an era of rising seas and super droughts associated with our continued addiction to fossil fuels like oil, coal and natural gas.

But Al Gore? Please.

He's exactly the wrong person to boost the millennial vote. […]

But the optics here are awful. One reason so many liberal millennials voted for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary is they didn't want to see another Clinton in the White House. They want change -- less inequality, better health care, smarter climate policies, a fix to the student debt crisis -- not more of the same. Clinton's biggest challenge with young voters, who tend to lean left, and who should be on board with many of her policies, is that she represents the old guard.

Gore only will underscore this problem.

He's the very oldest of the old guard.

According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 29 percent of likely voters between the ages of 18 and 34 would rather vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. Clinton only received 31 percent support—still more than Trump’s 26 percent but not enough to ensure a comfortable margin of victory among this demographic.