Bailing on YouTube Debate a Mistake

A new nationwide poll shows that, among young voters, support for the Republican Party is in a free fall. On every issue about which respondents were questioned, the Democratic Party earned far more support than the Republican Party. And these were not just divisive social issues; the Republican Party is losing on taxes and terrorism, two of our party’s signature issues. In order to win back the support of the next generation of voters, Republicans have to speak out on the issues important to young people and put themselves forward in media settings that reach young audiences.
Instead, it looks like the major Republican candidates for president are doing just the opposite. Bailing on the upcoming YouTube/CNN debate – a format designed specifically for young voters – is a big mistake. If we are going to beat the Democrats among this key demographic, we must wage our battle of ideas in every venue presented to us. To forfeit the support of the next generation of voters is illogical and strategically foolish. I hope that all of the Republican candidates for president participate in the YouTube/CNN debate and double their efforts to earn the support of young voters.

Bailing on YouTube Debate a Mistake