Jessica: Yesterday, Mitt Romney toured Philadelphia’s Universal Bluford Charter School, a day after releasing his new education agenda, which he calls “a chance for every child.” He said teachers should be rewarded for results and parents should have more choice over where their children go to school. President Obama has also campaigned on education issues, urging congress to keep certain types of college loan interest rates low.
As Josh Zepps tells us, education is one of the big issues young voters will be considering this fall.
Josh Zepps: As they head home for the summer, many in the class of 2012 are facing an uncertain future, likely filled with job searches and student loan payments.
Kevin Ward: The uncertainty is scary. It’s the abyss, you know, and I’m jumping in the deep end.
Josh: Kevin Ward graduated from St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire last weekend, and he will be among the new college graduates voting this fall. He says that uncertainty will factor into his vote in this fall’s presidential election.
Kevin: The economy will really be on the top of my list, but also, you know, social issues are really up there.
Josh: Ward is one of the so-called Millennials, 18 to 29-year-olds whose votes in 2008 helped President Obama get into the White House by a two-to-one margin. But who will the Millennials be voting for this time?
Expert: There were 2 million more youth voters than there had been in 2004. I don’t think that’s going to happen again. Some of the shine has certainly diminished from the president.
Josh: Even though a recent poll of voters in that age group gives President Obama a sizable lead over Mitt Romney, one researcher says the president still should be concerned.
Researcher: Right now, he’s up about 17 points with youth voters. But he’s still only maxing out at a 43% rate within that demographic group.
Josh: And Ward says he’s among the undecideds.
Kevin: It’s different than it was before. I was younger, so I think I was a little more easily influenced.
Josh: President Obama knows the youth vote is important to win the presidential race.
President Obama: Do we want to jack up interest rates on millions of students?
Josh: And so does likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney. An online video supporting Romney — paid for with private donations — says creating jobs is the key to attracting the youth vote.
Video voice: I want to graduate college with a job. Not have to move back in with my parents. This time i’ll be voting for Mitt Romney.
Josh: Justin Colella says he doesn’t need a video to convince him how to vote.
Justin Colella: I think that Mitt Romney possesses the qualities as well as the experience, both with business as well as politics.
Jessica: Many Millennials say jobs are more important to them than health care or reducing the federal deficit. But we want to know what you think. Head over to ChannelOne.com to weigh on the issues.