President Barack Obama, trying to rekindle enthusiasm with American college students, told a group near the University of Virginia last week that Republicans are “banking” on low youth voter turnout in November.
The President told the crowd that their vote matters more now than ever before.
“You’ve got the same stream of cynics who are telling you that change is impossible, you can’t make a difference, you won’t be able to close the gap between how things are and how they should be,” Obama said.
Obama added that the GOP believes young voters “were naive last time when you had all that hope and change stuff.”
He continued to say that Republicans, “will tell you how bad things are over and over again, and they’ll helpfully add it’s all Obama’s fault. And what they’re hoping is that, even if you don’t vote for them, because you know what they peddle doesn’t work, what they do hope is that you get so discouraged that you just stay home.
“That’s what they’re banking on,” Obama said. “I don’t believe that. I don’t think you believe that.”
The President’s remarks, as inflammatory as they may seem to some people, may hold some truth. The GOP establishment shunned and disenfranchised a swath of mostly young, libertarian-leaning Ron Paul supporters over the course of the primary season. Many of those potential voters, who will likely write in Paul or vote third party in November, have elicited a familiar harsh criticism from GOP mainliners: “A vote for Paul or Johnson, is a vote for Obama.”