Video: Mitt Romney targets millennials

posted at 3:20 pm on December 26, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Looks like at least one GOP candidate has finally taken my advice. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told a college student over the weekend that any college student who hopes to have a job upon graduation should vote for him — and against Barack Obama.

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As I’ve written repeatedly in the past, more than 16 million kids who weren’t eligible to vote in 2008 will be eligible to vote in 2012. Those potential Obamamaniacs are also potential GOP voters. Romney took the exact right approach here; he focused on the economy — the most likely area of agreement between the Republican Party and pragmatic millennials. Youth voters might be the most likely to support liberal social causes like gay “marriage,” but they have also been disproportionately affected by the slow economy. Unemployment among millennials has consistently been about twice the national average. Millennial independents are particularly apt to grasp the efficacy of free market principles when they’re presented with that message — but the message has to be presented. This is a concept Romney (and all the GOP candidates) should hammer home: Elect me and you’ll get a job. Reelect Obama and you won’t.


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Mitt needs to target everybody!

KOOLAID2 on December 26, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Poor mitt. Maybe he can surge to 26% now?

Flapjackmaka on December 26, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Romney is now omnipotent Obama “every graduate will get a job from me” – yada, yada, yada.

Romney, if the nominee, will lose to Obama.

Relatively free people always deserve their ‘leaders’.

Schadenfreude on December 26, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told a college student over the weekend that any college student who hopes to have a job upon graduation should vote for him — and against Barack Obama.

Tina, how about Mitt giving decent advice…. like graduate with something other than a liberal arts degree.

And the fact that most “kids” don’t really start voting until they are in their late 20′s, early 30′s.

ack/blah, I give up.

upinak on December 26, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Romney is going to win this! Romney has been, by far, the most impressive during this campaign.

GO ROMNEY!

bluegill on December 26, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Someone needs to tell Mitt to slow down his speaking, sometimes he sounds like he’s on his way to a fire and ends up stuttering.

whatcat on December 26, 2011 at 3:28 PM

My ‘millennial’-I call ‘em Generation whiiine-is less than impressed.
He’s currently supporting Perry.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 26, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Teach your kid to be a plumber, an electrician and an auto mechanic.

They will be raking it in no time.

Too many computer oriented geeks with liberal arts degrees who haven’t a clue.

rickyricardo on December 26, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Good. It’s the economy, stupid.

mythicknight on December 26, 2011 at 3:30 PM

It’s certainly the right message. The vehicle, however, leaves much to be desired.

Warner Todd Huston on December 26, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Mitt led Massachsetts to be 47 out of 50 in jobs.

Nice message, but this messenger lacks credibility.

WhatNot on December 26, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told a college student over the weekend that any college student who hopes to have a job upon graduation should vote for him — and against Barack Obama.

Based on his actual record, what has he done to give any millennial reason to believe he can change the regulatory and tax regimes in any meaningful way that will mean the jobs will be available when they graduate? This is the same issue Ron Paul has with financial change.

Congress controls the purse strings and supports the various regulatory agencies because it keeps them from having to actually do their jobs and make the difficult votes. Until we force changes on Congress we will only get tinkering around the edges. That is not necessarily the President’s fault but they shouldn’t over promise.

chemman on December 26, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Someone needs to tell Mitt to slow down his speaking, sometimes he sounds like he’s on his way to a fire and ends up stuttering.

whatcat on December 26, 2011 at 3:28 PM

I agree. He doesn’t sound sure of himself in this clip. It’s distracting.

Fallon on December 26, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Millennials like myself look at Mitt Romney and think one thing:

How the hell did that dork make that much cash money??

We like our leaders to be either Jay-Z name dropping, ball hooping superstars like the current guy, coyote killing maniacs like that guy from Texas, or just flat out crazy like that other guy from Texas. …probably says something about our generation.

The only millenials supporting Willard are young politicos who really need to go out and get a real job. Really, stop trying to save the country until you’ve lived and worked in it.

Hostile Gospel on December 26, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Romney is going to win this! Romney has been, by far, the most impressive during this campaign.

GO ROMNEY!

bluegill on December 26, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Marlin Mcfishhead is a paid shill for the Romney team….or he’s a sock puppet of the site masters. Either way, dumber than a box of rocks.

but you knew that…

katy on December 26, 2011 at 3:36 PM

more than 16 million kids who weren’t eligible to vote in 2008 will be eligible to vote in 2012. Those potential Obamamaniacs are also potential GOP voters.

And we need to let them know that the last time that Republicans held the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives, unemployment was 4.4%!

(December 2006, then the Democrats took control of the Senate and House in January 2007, and both unemployment and the national debt have skyrocketed)

The Democrats have failed economic polices. If any of us, millennials included, want things to improve, we are going to have to put strong conservative majorities in the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives.

ITguy on December 26, 2011 at 3:39 PM

I got a weird ad on that link.

swamp_yankee on December 26, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Marlin Mcfishhead is a paid shill for the Romney team….or he’s a sock puppet of the site masters. Either way, dumber than a box of rocks.

but you knew that…

katy on December 26, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Look who’s talking. Do you ever type anything intelligent?

Jailbreak on December 26, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Jailbreak on December 26, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Hack.

katy on December 26, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Can we get a New Year’s Resolution from all the HA folks – Tina, AP, Ed, et al — to STOP using this vid in 2012? This must be the third post it’s been seen on.

We get it, it’s old news, move on.

The War Planner on December 26, 2011 at 3:46 PM

The stats show that government does create jobs and has created far more than the private sector in the recent past and present. Those government jobs come with great benefits, superb pensions and membership in one union or another insuring more votes and campaign funds for governemnt job creating politicians forever more. All at our expense.

The game is rigged and

chemman on December 26, 2011 at 3:33 PM

has it right. The real change occurs in Congress, one seat at a time.

jb34461 on December 26, 2011 at 3:46 PM

“about… about… ab… about… you… yo… you… I.. I… tha… that.. at… at .. umb.. uh… I …uh hopefully, I… uh ” – Mittens

Sounds like Obowma when the teleprompter breaks down…

… No wonder he is scared of debating Newt.

Seven Percent Solution on December 26, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Someone needs to tell Mitt to slow down his speaking, sometimes he sounds like he’s on his way to a fire and ends up stuttering.
whatcat on December 26, 2011 at 3:28 PM

I agree. He doesn’t sound sure of himself in this clip. It’s distracting.
Fallon on December 26, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Sometimes he also fell into that in the debates, tripping over the words. Slow it down, boy.

whatcat on December 26, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Millenials voted 2-1 for Obama. If the Republicans don’t make an effort to court them, they will end up as lifelong Democratic voters. They are ethnically diverse (40% non-white), and blathering on about social issues only serves to alienate them.

But, by all means, let’s give up on them, and further dump on Romney–who apparently can do nothing right–for trying to give them an alternative to government dependency.

Meredith on December 26, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Meredith on December 26, 2011 at 3:52 PM

All you ever do is come on Hot Air and run down Conservatives. Why in the world should we listen to you?

kingsjester on December 26, 2011 at 3:54 PM

I honestly don’t see someone like Romney winning over the youth vote. He may get more of that demo than someone like Bachmann, but Romney is nothing like Reagan, Clinton, or Obama. His charisma has a very corporate feel to it.

McDuck on December 26, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Oh yippee! Another thread for haters to spill their vitriol. Yummy..

bluealice on December 26, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Elect me and you’ll get a job

Well, assuming Tina’s millennial independent understand free markets and the economy and that they are not sympathetic to the Marxist point of view, yes it could work…

It would be better stated as :
“Elect me, and you will be able to find a good job in a prosperous economy. Elect Obama and the only job you will be able to get is by begging Obama to take you into to his posse which assumes that Obama well let you join his posse.”

Skandia Recluse on December 26, 2011 at 3:57 PM

If he really wants millennials, give us confidence that he’s going to give us meaningful entitlement reform!

Mitt has no fight in him, so he would never do this in a million years.

vegconservative on December 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Tina, how about Mitt giving decent advice…. like graduate with something other than a liberal arts degree.

upinak on December 26, 2011 at 3:27 PM

I agree. I went to college with many of my friends that were told-”hey just get a degree”. As my mom use to tell me the same but her generation was different. My friends racked up student loans and had a hard time finding a job because they got useless degrees like liberal arts, a BA in psychology, poly sci, film production and communications.

It really does matter what your major is. Otherwise, your flushing money down the toilet.

bazil9 on December 26, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Mittens again proves he couldn’t hit a target at ten paces. His state is in the bottom 5 for jobs and THIS is what he promises? He either has a lot of gall or the IQ of a muskmelon.

It would be better stated as :
“Elect me, and you will be able to find a good job in a prosperous economy. Elect Obama and the only job you will be able to get is by begging Obama to take you into to his posse which assumes that Obama well let you join his posse.”

Skandia Recluse on December 26, 2011 at 3:57 PM

^ That would have been way better. State the choice in a clear manner…too many Millennial are sadly lacking in the comprehension department, they can’t or won’t puzzle out a cryptic message.

MelonCollie on December 26, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Teach your kid to be a plumber, an electrician and an auto mechanic.

They will be raking it in no time.

Too many computer oriented geeks with liberal arts degrees who haven’t a clue.

rickyricardo on December 26, 2011 at 3:30 PM

This is not great advice.

Some of the hardest hit during this recession have been plumbers and electicians due to the housing and construction meltdown. It’s okay to have some trade skills, but to depend entirely on that is piss poor advice.

And auto mechanics? This field is overtaken by illegal immigrants, and cars today last easily 10 years without major non-routine repairs.

haner on December 26, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Skandia Recluse on December 26, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Agree. Much better way to say it. He missed a chance here.

Mitt has no fight in him

That’s why everyone here was so pi$$ed when he went on the attack against Newt/.
You think he won’t do the same to Obama?

bluealice on December 26, 2011 at 4:05 PM

My daughter went for Obama in a big way last time, but she’s wary this time. After graduation, she landed a nice job, but she was shell-shocked by the amount taken out of her check for taxes. Good on Romney for making a play for the millennials. I don’t think they are going to fall for the hopey changey thing this time.

entropent on December 26, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Mittens again proves he couldn’t hit a target at ten paces. His state is in the bottom 5 for jobs

MelonCollie on December 26, 2011 at 4:04 PM

This is a stupid argument of yours. Massachusetts has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, at just 7.0%. It is on the bottom 5 for job growth because Massachusetts is already a highly developed state with one of the highest population densities. Half the state is completely built up as the Greater Boston metro area. MA is not big and empty like Texas or South Carolina. We can’t even build a highway without knocking down 10,000 homes along the way, so you can’t get quick and cheap growth here. But we have a lower unemployment rate than Texas and South Carolina and our economy is not dependent on home construction or natural resources extraction.

haner on December 26, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Younger gop voters are supporting Mitt Romney on the GOP side. Good.

Because the majority drank the kool-aid in 08.

Redford on December 26, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Ah yes…the LIBTARDS (Jailbreak and Bluegil) are here too defending the Liberal Progressive RINO Mittens.
Predicatble….and amusing.
Hey…like the status quo? Then Mittens is your man!!
Go for it Libs..go for it!!!
Want a glimps of what Obama vs Romeny will be like?
Wall Street Romney vs Obama entitlements
One a Liberal RINO vs Marxist Socialist….who’s who though?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romneys-secret-money/2011/12/23/gIQAbTZmHP_story.html

coach1228 on December 26, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Mittens is stinky poo!

Pork-Chop on December 26, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Kids will probably have a better chance of a job under Romney. But they’d also have a better chance if you replaced the current POTUS with a bag of potatoes.

CorporatePiggy on December 26, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Mitt Romney And John McCain Are The Same

Am I the only one who had a John McCain flashback, when they watched Mitt Romney’s lukewarm attempt at an attack on Obama? Is this really someone we are running on the Republican ticket?

People are so tired of these beltway buffoons destroying the conservative movement. We need someone with the balls to call Obama out for what he is and for what he has done.

If you want a repeat of 2008, vote for Mitt Romney.

conservativeBC on December 26, 2011 at 4:47 PM

What Students for Rick Perry already know:

“We are a nationwide network of students and young professionals who stand prepared to support our nation’s longest-serving governor … has created more jobs in recent years than all other 49 states combined … the engine driving the nation’s economic recovery.

“Perry has long been an unapologetic conservative, signing into law provisions which protect the lives of the unborn … enacted a universal photo ID law for all Texas voters … and has fought … the federal government in its attempts to implement industry-stifling EPA regulations and unconstitutional healthcare requirements upon Texas families.

“Governor Rick Perry’s demonstrated executive accomplishments stand in stark contrast to the series of failed experiments attempted by Barack Obama and his administration … and is our best of hope of defeating Barack Obama in 2012.”

publiuspen on December 26, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Mittens is stinky poo!

Pork-Chop on December 26, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Wow! You have sure convinced me with your sound, well-reasoned argument.

The War Planner on December 26, 2011 at 5:11 PM

“about… about… ab… about… you… yo… you… I.. I… tha… that.. at… at .. umb.. uh… I …uh hopefully, I… uh ” – Mittens

Sounds like Obowma when the teleprompter breaks down…

… No wonder he is scared of debating Newt.

Seven Percent Solution on December 26, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Hahahahahahaahhahhaha!…You are right! Made me listen to him again!

KOOLAID2 on December 26, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Mittens again proves he couldn’t hit a target at ten paces. His state is in the bottom 5 for jobs

MelonCollie on December 26, 2011 at 4:04 PM

This is a stupid argument of yours. Massachusetts has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, at just 7.0%. It is on the bottom 5 for job growth because Massachusetts is already a highly developed state with one of the highest population densities. Half the state is completely built up as the Greater Boston metro area. MA is not big and empty like Texas or South Carolina. We can’t even build a highway without knocking down 10,000 homes along the way, so you can’t get quick and cheap growth here. But we have a lower unemployment rate than Texas and South Carolina and our economy is not dependent on home construction or natural resources extraction.

haner on December 26, 2011 at 4:14 PM

HEY! Shhhhhhhhhhhh! Quite screwing with the narrative!

KOOLAID2 on December 26, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Mitt led Massachsetts to be 47 out of 50 in jobs.

Nice message, but this messenger lacks credibility.

WhatNot on December 26, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Hahahaha!!! Yeah, he had very low unemployment and didn’t have a lot of room to create jobs.

hahahaha……nice try though.

csdeven on December 26, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I’m all in favor of nominating a true Conservative. But if Romney winds up winning the nomination, let’s look at the bright side……

There are tons of moderate/Centrist voters out there who allowed themselves to be fooled by Obama in ’08 and who DON’T want to vote for him again. Yeah, yeah, they think Palin’s an idiot, and Perry’s “too religious”, and Bachmann’s crazy, etc, etc. Yes, they eat up all the MSM propganda about Conservatives.

But you know what? Considering just how radical Obama is, it would give me a great sense of relief to see these people running into the arms of a Centrist candidate who they correctly percieve as being slightly to the Right of Bill Clinton.

At the very least, it would show me that the voters haven’t completely lost their minds.

ardenenoch on December 26, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Chris Christie has rightly been called a one trick pony because he has just one truly conservative thing about him. He attacks teachers from the teachers union. Its his one feather in his cap, because he has been a warrior on that issue.

Mitt Romney on the other hand doesn’t even have one feather to his name. I see Mitt as a no trick parrott. Unless you consider flip-flopping a trick. A pathetic featherless bird thats flip-flopping around and around and around on his perch as he “parrott’s” what we want to hear over and over and over. Mitt will get you a job. Mitt will get you a job. Mitt will get you a job.

Mitt is a no trick parrott.

KMav on December 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Millennials appear to have built a value system heavily influenced by the media and goverment bureaucratic propaganda.

jeanie on December 26, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Mitt Romney on the other hand doesn’t even have one feather to his name

Seriously? You anti-Romney nuts astound with your ignorance. Hate the guy if you must, based on your purist fantasies of what a candidate should be, but not recognizing that the man is enormously accomplished as a businessman and political leader is just bullheaded and stupid.

Priscilla on December 26, 2011 at 5:57 PM

I for one, have not been on Mittins go team. However, that being said, with the implosion of the other viable candidates, it has about come down to Mitt or Obambi. You choose….
personaly, I would vote for anything that runs “against” this sad piece of sh*t in the whitehouse.

txdonboy on December 26, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Any “millenials” who support Flopney only do so because they are low information voters. Everybody knows his name since he’s been running about 5 years now. But few now just how much a lying fraud flipflopper he is, and once his panderings to so-cons on gays and abortion become more widely known he will rightfully be mocked by all but the most isolated and his current shills.

Ron Paul dominates among younger voters. Old people care mainly about getting their handouts from social security and medicare and being “patriotic”, which of course means a huge, incredibly expensive military, forcing the young working generations to be taxed to pay for all their schemes, and it still isn’t enough money. The young voters are being enslaved by the debt to fuel old peoples’ greedy schemes. Ron Paul wants to end this, and other anti-young policies, like militarism, or censorship or curtailing civil liberties.

Daikokuco on December 26, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Romney: Elect me and you have to work

Obama: Elect me and I’ll support you cradle to grave

Romney needs to be careful how he frames this.

mockmook on December 26, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Priscilla on December 26, 2011 at 5:57 PM

The feather would come from fighting for a CONSERVATIVE cause. Winning a Governship in Massachusetts running as a liberal Republican and being a businessman are not feather worthy.

What has Mitt ever accomplished for “conservatism”? When did he ever spend politcal capital for the “conservative” cause? Please inform us.

KMav on December 26, 2011 at 6:08 PM

I’d say Paul has the millennials.

rndmusrnm on December 26, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Bluegill
Do you really think hitting every article to spread your, I love mittens, b.s. Is gonna help?
Most ppl hear are true conservatives.

angrymike on December 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Bluegill
Do you really think hitting every article to spread your, I love mittens, b.s. Is gonna help?
Most ppl hear are true conservatives.

angrymike on December 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM

here

Dragoonchris on December 26, 2011 at 7:34 PM

How can a candidate say so many correct things and still be so disgusting?

Archivarix on December 26, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Ron Paul sounds more and more like Jane Fonda: embracing our enimies’ political positions and denouncing the positions of our country and allies. He thinks Isreal should be destroyed and the land given to the arabs. Why? Because he asserts, without Isreal, there wouldn’t be any conflict and we could mind our business and the arab’s could tend to their’s—everyone would be encapsulated in harmonius bliss. This may come as a shock to Mr. Paul, but the Muslim nations believe Western Civilization is corrupt and should also be exterminated. And like Rev. Wright, Mr. Paul’s response to 9/11 was basically, “America’s chickens came home to roost”. He has gone on Arab radio and denounced the policies of his own country, which is treasonous. More than likely, his core followers are more concerned about legalizing debilitating drugs than about liberty.
At least Mitt Romney loves our country, has the political, social, and business skills to re-organize and shrink our government while creating a business-friendly environment.

Oracleforhire on December 26, 2011 at 8:30 PM

NOT “no thank you” but “HELL NO!” to McRomney.

Interesting in winning? DO NOT PICK THIS GUY!

M_J_S on December 26, 2011 at 8:52 PM