Obama: Students 'have more at stake'

Aug. 29, 2012 at 5:05 PM
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama said Wednesday young voters "have more at stake in this election" than anyone else and should "push the generations in front of you."

Speaking in Charlottesville, Va., the president urged an audience largely made up of University of Virginia students to vote in the November election.

"You guys have more at stake in this election than anybody," he said. "When you step into that voting booth the choice that you make in that one instant is going to shape your country, it's going to shape the world for decades to come.

"The decisions that we make as a country right now on everything from the economy and jobs and taxes to education and energy and war and climate change, all these decisions -- all these decisions are going to be affecting your lives in very personal ways."

Obama noted that many students will be voting for the first time, and said the election is not just about candidates or parties but about "the path that we take as a country and it will affect your lives in very personal, profound ways."

"You know, your generation is going to have to push the generations in front of you to make sure that they're making the right decisions," the president said.

Obama's re-election campaign said he would follow the appearance in Charlottesville with a live chat on Reddit -- a Web site where content is posted by users, and rises in prominence on the site based on "up" or "down" votes by readers. The president was to participate in an "Ask Me Anything" chat, one of the site's most popular features.

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