The Republicans are moving aggressively to lure young voters away from President Obama.
As part of the effort, the Republican National Committee sent a detailed email to reporters this morning arguing that President Obama's economic policies are hurting the young. The email was headlined, "More and More Students Find Themselves Rejected From Obama's Economy." It goes on to quote media reports that half of young college graduates are either jobless or underemployed, and that unemployment of all Americans 16 to 24 years old is 16.5 percent.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is also courting young people with a new emphasis on education, which he announced Wednesday.
He advocated simplifying the system of financial aid available to college students, and he would no longer allow the Department of Education to make loans directly to students, which President Obama has authorized. Romney said this authorization is pushing the private sector out the market and causing a decrease in lending.
Romney also proposed letting low-income parents use federal money to enroll their children in any in-state public school, and is advocating more state control over education rather than increased federal intervention.
Republican strategists say President Obama has up to now enjoyed a lopsided advantage among young voters, who were a cornerstone of his coalition in 2008. The GOP push on education is designed to cut into that margin.
Another part of the effort is the formation of Crossroads Generation, a conservative political action committee designed to court voters under age 30.