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Thursday
Aug182011

Margaret Hoover to GOP: Win over Millennials in 16 Months or Lose Them Forever

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The youngest voters eligible to cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election were born in 1993. Both parties want the youth vote, and the Republican party should be working harder to get it, said Margaret Hoover, author of a new book on how the Republican Party needs to reach out to the millennial generation. Hoover is also the great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover.

“The 30-and-under demographic was the majority responsible for electing President Obama in 2008,” Hoover said on ABC News’ Top Line Thursday.

“Because partisan identity tends to solidify after three presidential election cycles in new generations -- the millennials voted for John Kerry in 2004, they voted for Barack Obama in 2008 -- Republicans have 16 months to make inroads with this generation, or we're going to lose them for the rest of their lives,” Hoover added.

The primary process on both sides encourages either the most conservative or the most liberal voters to come out and vote. Meanwhile, more millennials identify themselves as moderate than liberal or conservative, said Hoover. As Republican presidential candidates on the 2012 stump lean to the far right, they further distance themselves from the 30-and-under generation.

“This is the least traditional generation in American history. Over 50 percent of them are in favor of same-sex marriage. So when you have every single primary candidate signing the National Organization for Marriage's pledge, this is just simply alienating and eliminating any possibility of taking the Republican Party seriously in the primary,” Hoover said.

It is unlikely any primary candidates will change their position in the primary process, Hoover noted. But a lot of people are dissatisfied with the primary candidates so far, she added, hence the “enormous enthusiasm” for Gov. Rick Perry. That is also the reason the Republican establishment is “begging” people like Chris Christie and Paul Ryan to run.

“People are just dissatisfied with the possibility that somebody on the field now is gonna be able to beat President Obama.”

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