McCain wants to do better with the youth vote
YORK, Pa. – John McCain, teased as “that wrinkly, white-haired guy” by Paris Hilton, said on Tuesday he knew he wasn’t connecting with young voters but urged them to give him a hearing.
“I need to do a better job … with young voters in America and I want to reach out to them,” he told a former Sen. Hillary Clinton supporter now pondering whether to support him or his Democratic presidential opponent Barack Obama.
The questioner said during the town hall meeting in York, Pennsylvania he wasn’t sure what McCain stood for on issues like education that mattered to young voters.
“I would like to say ‘tell all your friends, come to the next townhall meeting.’ I’d like to meet and discuss with them … especially those who are undecided in this election,” McCain replied.
Bryce Wagoner, a 19-year still trying to make up his mind about who to vote for, said the Republican senator from Arizona
had not managed to ease his concern that social security would not be worth anything when he eventually retired.
“Everyone says that we need to fix it but nobody has a plan … he didn’t have any real solutions,” Wagoner said.
McCain later swung by Manheim Central High School to watch football practice and continue courting the youth vote.
After suggesting that they run over the press corps clustered in the center of the field, McCain told the squad — 15 times league champions since 1989 — that “you win as a team or you lose as a team,” before reminding them to study.
Photo credit: Brian Snyder (McCain talks to veteran Steve Dunwoody at a campaign picnic in Maine)