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In his latest effort to reach young voters before the midterm elections in two weeks, President Obama will appear on "The Daily Show" with John Stewart on Oct. 27, according to CBS News.

The appearance on the Comedy Central program will be Obama's first since being elected president (though he was a guest several times while still a senator and a candidate for president). Vice President Joe Biden appeared on the show in November 2009.

The timing of the commander in chief's appearance on a program particularly popular among those ages 18-34 is intended to boost enthusiasm among young voters -- who were a considerable part of Obama's base in 2008, but who traditionally stay at home during the midterms. In 2006, only 26.6 percent of voters ages 18-29 showed up at the polls, which was an improvement in turnout compared to the previous two midterm elections.

Obama's appearance will occur less than a week before election day, and three days before Stewart's rally to "Restore Sanity" on the National Mall. The event is planned as a response to conservative pundit Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally, which took place Aug. 28. Stewart's conservative alter-ego, Stephen Colbert, is hosting a mock response rally the same day, dubbed "The March to Keep Fear Alive."

Of late, the president has been making a concerted effort to woo the 18-29-year-old voting group, dubbed "millennials." Beginning with a campaign-style rally at the University of Wisconsin last month, he has since held a town hall meeting with students at George Washington University, another town hall sponsored by the youth-focused MTV networks, and a large campaign-style event at Ohio State University last weekend.

The impact of the president's efforts is unclear -- and will remain so until Nov. 3. His own approval ratings among this chosen demographic, however, remain relatively strong: As of last week, Obama carried a 54 percent approval rating among millennials, nearly 10 points higher than his national average.

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tennwilliams

makes sense to target the young people...they're usually gullible and uninformed.

October 21 2010 at 12:06 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
david

All Presidents are perpetual campaigners and their job in is to rally the electorate and support his party. It is not fair to criticize this President for what the job calls for and his way of doing the parties business. I have not seen the scandals of past Presidents in this administration and progress is being made, although meek and not necessarily perfect. The corporate influence that has caused our economic mess is the result of many years of bad political decisions, I say starting with Nixon going to China. We have to rebuild what we had and compete with the world but put the USA first. I like what the President has tried to do to protect some of our domestic tire industry, but this is a small start, I hope. We have a little more than 2 years to find out, and I hope I am right.

October 20 2010 at 8:05 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
D.Peterson

12 more days

October 20 2010 at 7:48 PM Report abuse +19 rate up rate down Reply
Scotty

I know were having a mid-term election but our President is away more than he is ever in Washington...Who's left holding the daily routine in the White House? He will lose the Congress but I think many of the Democrats that are running would prefer him back in Washington as well.

October 20 2010 at 7:40 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
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kaminfour

They are filming in DC that week...he will be in washington...

October 20 2010 at 7:48 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
david

I am in my late 50's and I watch Jon often and enjoy his narrative on most subjects. He is a tough interviewer and speaks his mind, I don't agree with him completely but more than less. I hope he does not pull his punches with the President and asks about jobs, infrastructure, industry and trade agreements that will help our economic trend. I think in this day and age a President on TV is a good forum.

October 20 2010 at 7:28 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Tspoon

Obama and the Democrats will be fine. people know what happened to the state of this country and who did it and why. people know who spew hate over the airways. People know that President Obama is trying his best and who will say no to anything good. People know who altered heath care and took away as much of the good as they could....and then complained about the bad that they added and tried to make Obama the blame. People know many, many wealthy American are stingy, cheap, hateful and greedy, and will lie and steal do virtualy anything to stay rich and powerful. People know who they are, despite what they and media do to deceive. The President has my support because he has done a fantastic job especially having to deal with those haters...we know who they are and in November we will show you....again. VOTE

October 20 2010 at 7:24 PM Report abuse -21 rate up rate down Reply
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mcull849

You are so right Anthony!! Thanks for reminding THEM although they are in denial! GO OBAMA!!

October 20 2010 at 8:42 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
Jay

Unfortunately the vast majority of Americans have little patience and demand an instant fix on things...which is absolutly ridiculous of course...I just hope people don't make this an election on a referendum on how unhappy people are but count on things getting better during the next two years, and Obamas SECOND TERM!

October 21 2010 at 8:54 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
dogluver729

18-29, the most politically uneducated age group.

October 20 2010 at 7:06 PM Report abuse +18 rate up rate down Reply
updj

Maybe if he would spend time governing rather than campaigning and fund raising, he wouldn't be worrying about voter turnout and losing democratic seats. (And maybe people would have more confidence in him.)But about mid-November (or earlier) he'll start running for re-election. Apparently we didn't elect a president, we elected a campaigner and fund raiser. Change you can believe i n??

October 20 2010 at 6:15 PM Report abuse +39 rate up rate down Reply
belmarjo1

Oprah supplying tickets and buses for her audience to attend to fill the audience is a joke. It is not how loud your message is it is how much money you have. Sad that people have to be paid to listen to him but that is what it has come down to. All his own doing.

October 20 2010 at 6:11 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
scropper2

How much taxpayer money is Obama spending flying everywhere is the country trying to get these bogus people re-elected. It cost 65k an hour in fuel to fly Air Force One....why are the taxpayers paying for this...!!!

October 20 2010 at 5:46 PM Report abuse +41 rate up rate down Reply
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kaminfour

Ummm...The Daily Show is filming in DC next week. he can take a car...

October 20 2010 at 7:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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