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Which way is the GOP going?

By Heather Bachman
web posted September 6, 2004

The moment John Edwards entered the race for President alongside John Kerry, the supposed youthful attraction to the Democrats is exhibited greatly. Despite this, the GOP is receiving more attraction from the youth.

Barbara (L) and Jenna Bush, daughters of U.S. President George Bush, address the Youth Convention at the Republican National Convention in New York on September 1
Barbara (L) and Jenna Bush, daughters of U.S. President George Bush, address the Youth Convention at the Republican National Convention in New York on September 1

The Republican National Convention gave a collection of speeches and appearances aimed toward their younger public. Youthful delegates Jenna and Barbara Bush headed the list of personalities along with a background of of special effects targeted to entertain and and educate their young society.

Aimed at being "Part of the 2004 Republican National Convention's comprehensive plan to energize America's youth and empower them to engage in grassroots efforts on behalf of President Bush," according to the RNC website, the event involved not only youthful groups but also diverse groups including the Young Hispanic Republican Association and the Jewish College Republicans.

The convention itself has also aimed at young citizens. From up and coming country artist Darryl Worley to well known movie hero/politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, even the appearance of the White House daughters helps enhance attraction for the younger.

Beyond the convention, the GOP works toward expressing their support for the their younger constituents by not only being accessible, but also rewarding and uniting. The RNC website GOPTeamLeader.com issues educational and exciting tasks for a new Republican can do and in return the GOP awards the political advocate with merchandise in return for their actions. The items can be useful and assure them that they are part of an enhancing team and that their support is greatly appreciated.

As a result, recent actions have presented a possible envy has resulted coming from the other side. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Patrick Crowley reported that an annual Jackson Day dinner greatly exhibited in this reaction.

The piece read: Some longtime Kenton County Democratic leaders, looking for ways to revitalize what once was the county's dominant political force, are acknowledging they need to attract younger people to the party. Veteran and Democratic Party activist Maxine Glenn told the reporter "You look over at the Republicans and you see a lot of young, energetic people taking key positions and running for office."

Despite the lights and entertainment of the convention and the rewards and challenges of the Team Leader website, what is really going to attract the actions of the politicians when they walk the floors of the Senate and the other houses of politics. Sadly, not many young ones really inform themselves the usual way, so the lights, music and rewards are needed. So, they stand, hopeful to attract to the polls and maybe even someday, to the podiums.

Heather Bachman can be reached at heathereditor@thecollegepress.com.

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