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Some college students have broken up with their former crush, President Barack Obama, and they want their peers to follow suit.
That's the message of a political ad released last week by the College Republican National Committee. The satirical spot called "The Break Up" is running near college campuses in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida and has gotten more than 50,000 views on YouTube as of Tuesday morning. Click play below to watch the video:


The College Republicans spent $9,700 on the commercial, the first television ad buy in the group's history, apparently sensing an opportunity to attract young voters to the GOP in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections. The College Republicans think -- and some polling data agrees -- that young voters will join the Republicans this November after turning out in record numbers for Democrats in 2008, when Democrats won 66 percent of the youth vote.
The ad invites viewers to the College Republicans' new website, Ourtab.org, which aims to educate young voters on the government's spending habits.
"Ourtab.org is a debt awareness initiative," said Rob Lockwood, director of communications for the College Republican National Committee. "The goal of it is to really just paint a picture of what deficits and government spending look like -- wasteful government spending more specifically."
Lockwood said some young voters are responding to the message because they are concerned about finding jobs and paying down debt in harsh economic times. In the last four weeks, a team of 25 field representatives for the College Republicans has recruited another 20,000 college students to the cause, Lockwood said.
Michael Worley, a spokesman for the College Democrats of America, dismissed the idea that Democratic support among college students is waning.
"While the College Republicans are putting a music video on TV, College Democrats have been active for months organizing on campuses in support of Democrats up and down the ballot," Worley said. "On our campuses, students remain engaged and energized and continue to work to help elect Democrats to all levels of government."
But polling data does indicate a slight shift to the right among millennials, according to Scott Keeter, the director of survey research at the Pew Research Center. While most young people across the country still identify themselves as Democrats, the gap between the two parties has shrunk.
In July 2008, 62 percent of millennials contacted by Pew considered themselves Democrats. According to data collected by Pew through June 2010, that number has fallen to 57 percent. The percentage of millennials identifying themselves as Republicans has grown from 30 percent in July 2008 to 35 percent in the most recent Pew data.
This trend has led President Obama and other Democrats to visit college campuses this week in an attempt to regain momentum among millennials.
But experts say the change in the polls does not reflect a great ideological shift among the nation's youth. The Democrats' numbers have gone down among all demographic groups in the last two years.
"This is an across the board decline in the popularity of Obama and the Democratic Party since their high point in 2008 and early 2009," said Isaac Wood, a political analyst at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.
While Democratic positions still resonate more with young voters on most issues, millennials are disillusioned on one, all-important factor: the economy.
"It's the number one and in many respects it's the only issue," Keeter said. Young people "are passing a fairly negative judgment on the people in power today who don't seem to be able to get any traction on dealing with the economy."
And the most damaging trend for Democrats this November might be voter apathy. Youth political participation and turnout was at an all time high in 2008, according to Peter Levine, the director of CIRCLE, a Tufts University group that conducts research on the political involvement of young Americans. With a much lower turnout expected, especially among young liberals, the Democrats could lose one of their major electoral strengths.
"Democrats should still win the youth vote," Wood said. "The problem is it won't provide as big of a margin because there will be fewer youth voters at the polls."
Whatever the cause, the College Republicans are energized by polling gains. With the new ad and website in place, Lockwood issued a bold, if not unrealistic, goal:
"Ronald Reagan won the youth vote, and George H. W Bush won the youth vote. I think we're going to get it again."

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monseigneurdev

The "Greatest Generation" fought Hitler for freedom, put a man on the moon, and created wealth. The "Me Generation" spent their wealth, their own wealth, their kids wealth, and now they are going after the grand-kids. They wag their finger at the rest of the world while striking an imposing figure from atop a mountain of debt....and wonder where American Prestige has gone.

November 10 2010 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Ralle's

I really admire these young Republicans as I do all the young folks who serve in our military. They face a lot of criticism that older folks like me did not face. With all the derogatory rhetoric that is so widespread they still display exemplary patriotism and character. Thanks, the country needs you.

September 30 2010 at 3:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
HAROLD

One big problem is no one understands money . Let take and barrow $100,000 at 3.5% for 20 years. Your payment per month is $579.96 with a total pay back of $139,190.40 .. now take same lone for 15 year payment $714.88 pay back $128,678.40 see the difference? Most people live beyond their means . Now lets take 8,00,000,000 small amount government owes at 3.5% for 15 years payment per month is $5,719,060.33 with total pay back of $1,029,430,859.40 this is small amount of government debt see how we need to quite spending and get government under control . the government spending is way beyond it's means unless we the tax payers want to work and give all are money to the government . Me, I would rather the government work for me.......

September 30 2010 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wtolsma

This ad was as dumb as the college students who made them. I mean the one said she voted for president Obama because he was so cool hanging out with Ashton Kutcher. How dumb is that? Another said he was being told what to do by President Obama all the time. I mean it is silly! And yet another one said President Obama wanted to be his doctor, banker etc... The only thing I can find fault with President Obama is that he is paying these ungrateful stupid students for a college education with my hard earned money to run silly ads like this! If they have almost $10,000 to waste on advertisements two years before the Presidential elections I think they have enough money to pay for their own education! What does that kid need a doctor for anyway? He looked pretty healthy to me, unless he was refering to a brain surgeon. I think President Obama should take back the Govt. grants and give me my money back. I don't want to invest in that kind of stupidity for the future. Lets hope these kids do not reproduce.

September 30 2010 at 9:22 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Steve

Remember the "Hitler Youth" from WWII? These young Republicans are pretty close. We've got Al Qaida brainwashing the young people in the Middle East, and we've got the Repulicans trying the same tactics on America's youth. This is really scary!

September 30 2010 at 8:59 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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Jessica

Do we want to talk about "Hitler Youth"? Seriously, if we are going to speak of that then we must speak of the "Obama Youth." I am a member of the UGA College Republicans, and when people like you say that Republican's are trying tactics like the "hitler youth" on America's college kids, it really irks me. First of all, going back to the Obama Youth, think about it, who elected Obama? The young first time voters. He achieved a "rockstar" status and people loved the idea of him being part of the "in crowd." Because teens as a whole are fairly ignorant about politics, they voted Obama in for that very reason. They didn't even have a clue as to his policies for the most part. I for one did not vote for him. I grew up in politics, seeing the ugly side of Government rear it's nasty head. Obama wants big government, more control for the few in D.C., and less control for the states. When has that ever worked in history. Please, be more informed before becoming judgmental.

September 30 2010 at 12:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
gliverson

What is really sad comes in two parts: 1: It is sad, very sad, that uniformed and selfinterested people voted into office the the very first Marxist based government in the history of this nation, trashing our Consitutional government in the process! 2: It is sad that even with the unparalleled government debt load we are now saddled with through the government spending what it does not own, people still look at Obozo and smile over our new socialist marxist government as we sink as a nation into economic oblivion.

September 30 2010 at 8:55 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
stvn723

hey bob,how can one have pride in a party that says no to everything just to stop the president even if a bill is going to help the people in the long run.did you support the debt from the war bush started? how can you seriously support a party that will say anything just to get elected? im not sure what you consider an american but you sir are not one by the content of your comments.

September 30 2010 at 8:53 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Glen

It's unbelievable to me that people can watch the Obama administration put our great-grandchildren's into debt and still think he's doing a good job. They want to control free speech. They're taking over corporations in a Marxist-like regime and want to control your health care. Basically, they tell us "We know you don't want this but we know what's best for you so sit down and shut up" and the Obama supporters cheer and clap. People on the left truly are fascinating and funny creatures.

September 30 2010 at 8:49 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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Benmgb

I hate to say it, but let's face it, we need the Gov't to tell us to sit down & shut up... After all, we did that even after no WMD's were found, we did that even after Saddam was hung, but yet were still there. At the same time, the Dems were p*ssed that were still there after Obama said he would get them out asap & the Reps ciriticized Obama for staying, even though they wanted to "stay the course"... It's a shame the Gov't didn't step in early to correct the banks and telling Americans that after 2-3 years you won't be able to afford the payment on a $300,000 home while making a combined income of $75.000... We have very stupid people surrounding us & sometimes the Gov't NEEDS to step in..

September 30 2010 at 9:07 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
drosner

Strange, but these "College Republicans" had no problem with the War Debt when Bush was in office?? That may be because they weren't even in college yet, and as long as mommy and daddy bought them their PS3's and X-Boxes, they didn't care about the debt...

September 30 2010 at 8:36 AM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
Bob

I am getting sick and tired of reading these bleeding heart dems/lib wearing by Obama. Obama the liar. Obama the racist. Obama the almighty. Well, excuse me. Open your ears. This idiont lies the minute he opens his mouth. Not to mention the Chicago mob that he has placed in position within government. Oh yeah, he is a hero. This man doesnt deserve the office. More important, he is ruing the office. If you people want all these entitlements, given to you by the fruits of MY labor, go and live in your socialist countries overseas. Get off your backsides, earn a living, pay for what you get in this world. But must important, get a little ,pride. COME NOVEMBER.

September 30 2010 at 8:31 AM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply

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