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Friday
Oct262012

Obama Tells MTV He Won't Push Gay Marriage in Second Term

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- During a live interview Friday inside the White House, President Obama told MTV viewers that when it comes to same-sex marriage and climate change, it would be up to future generations of Americans to implement meaningful reforms.

When asked if he would use his second term as a platform to overturn the federal ban on gay marriage, the president demurred, saying he viewed it as an issue for the states to decide.

"For us to try to legislate federally into this area is probably the wrong way to go," Obama told MTV presenter Sway Calloway, who asked questions submitted by youth voters.

On the issue of climate change, the president said he was "surprised" it didn't come up during the debates and conceded, "We're not moving as fast as we need to."

"This is an issue that future generations, MTV Viewers, are going to have to deal with even more than the older generation is. So this is a critical issue and there's huge contrast in this campaign between myself and Governor Romney," Obama said, turning his attention to the Republican challenger.

"[Romney] says he believes in climate change, but he says he's not sure that manmade causes are the reason…. I believe scientists who say we're putting too much carbon emissions into the atmosphere and it's heating the planet and it's going to have a severe effect."

Obama also took a page from his campaign playbook to urge viewers to get to the polls. "In 2000, in Gore vs. Bush, 537 votes changed the direction of history in a profound way. And that could happen here," the president said, reprising a warning first delivered in an ad released Thursday morning.

With polls showing tight races in battleground states and Mitt Romney taking a narrow lead in the latest national ABC News/Washington Post tracking surveys, Obama spent most of Friday doing interviews with local news outlets – seven on TV, two on the radio, and the MTV spot.

As part of his effort to drum up enthusiasm with his young supporters, Obama also sat down for an exclusive question-and-answer session with Rolling Stone magazine. In the first excerpts, which appeared online Thursday, the president offered a colorful assessment of his opponent's relationship with the truth.

"You know, kids have good instincts," Obama said, joking that he was "a killer" with the "six to 12" demographic. "They look at [Romney] and say, 'Well, that's a bullsh**ter, I can tell.'"

Asked to explain or expand on the remark, Obama spokesman Dan Pfeiffer told reporters, "Trust is a very important part of the election… and Governor Romney's answers in the debates on domestic issues and foreign policy raise real questions about that."

He also asked that the media not be "distracted" by the word choice.

"President Obama is rattled and on the defensive," top Romney aide Kevin Madden responded. "He's running on empty and has nothing left but attacks and insults. It's unfortunate he has to close the final days of the campaign this way."

Asked by Inside Edition about his comment, Obama sought to soften the tone, saying, "[Romney's] got a wonderful family. He's a man of deep conviction… Obviously I have great respect for what Governor Romney has done with his life."

The MTV interview was designed for the president to have an opportunity to stoke his base of younger voters. Obama won the 18-29 demographic by more than 30 points in 2008 and figures to do well there again, but turnout estimates are down in the latest polls.

The president's media blitz follows a 48-hour campaign swing through eight key states that left his voice sounding slightly hoarse by late Thursday.

With just 11 days to go until polls open across the nation, both campaigns are insisting that the numbers are on their side. Most of the focus has been on Ohio, where early voting is underway, and Florida, where absentee ballots have been available since late September.

"Floridians are fired up to reelect the president," Obama's Tampa-based spokesman Eric Jotkoff told ABC News Thursday. "We've already seen a record number cast ballots by mail."

Sarah Pompei, Romney's deputy communications director, insists the Sunshine State is breaking for the Republican. "Florida is like an aircraft carrier," Pompei said. "It's tough to get turning but once you start, it's hard to stop."

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Thursday
Oct142010

Obama Faces Tough Questions at MTV Town Hall

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Young adult voters were given the opportunity to pose questions to President Obama Thursday afternoon about issues that directly affect them, including college affordability, Internet harassment, and the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

BET, CMT and MTV sponsored A Conversation with President Obama, a formal dialogue with the president and 225 young people.  The live broadcast aired online and on all three of the Viacom channels as a “town hall” forum aimed at maintaining Obama’s connection with young voters -- a relationship he successfully built during his 2008 campaign.

The diverse group of young adults, comprised largely of students and college faculty, did not waste any time in addressing serious concerns.  There were questions on the Tea Party, Sudan and whether he believes that being gay is a choice (he does not).

Cynthia Myer, a Republican from Austin, Texas, questioned the President’s promise of bipartisanship, particularly in regards to how the health care bill was passed.  Obama responded by noting that he and other Democrats repeatedly held meetings with Republicans aimed at finding common ground for health care.

“Although I’m a proud Democrat, I’m a prouder American,” he said to assuage concerns he might be more concerned with political ties than with enacting important policy.

The health care bill signed into law in early 2010 allows young adults under 26 years of age to remain on their parents’ health care plan whether they are employed, married, or in school.

MTV asked audience members and viewers around the world to share their thoughts using hash tags on Twitter like #askJobs and #askEducation.  They also asked young adults to share their greatest hopes and fears.  Halfway through the show, viewers had already reportedly sent 10,000 tweets.

When asked about racial tension in the country, Obama said, “You guys are going to the be the messengers of this continued strengthening of the diversity of this country.”

At the event, Alicia Thompson, a Howard University junior from Edison, N.J., shared her hope with the president that in 10 years, more black men would be enrolled in college than incarcerated.

“Honestly, the numbers aren’t even important anymore,” Thompson told ABC News after the town hall. “The more important question is: How do we raise up the next generation to do things better than they were done before?”

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Wednesday
Oct132010

President Obama to Host Youth Q & A

Photo Courtesy - The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will participate in a live, commercial-free youth town hall Thursday.  The event will be broadcast on Viacom's BET, CMT and MTV networks.

The president will appear before an audience comprised of 250 young people representing a broad diversity of backgrounds, interests and political views.

During the town hall, President Obama will answer questions from the audience in addition to viewer questions submitted though Twitter.

The event is scheduled to air at 4 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Oct082010

Casting Call for Audience of Obama’s MTV Town Hall?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- When President Obama sits down for his MTV town hall on Thursday, the audience of young people who will ask him questions will have been gathered by a casting call.

According to the casting call for the event from talent agency Backstage.com, first reported by National Review Online, the company requests applications for the event, asking what issues the person is “passionate about,” requiring a “short description of your political views,” and a recent photo.

The casting call says there is no pay for appearing at the town hall.

Dubbed “A Conversation with President Obama,” MTV touted the town hall will bring the president before 250 young people that represent a “broad cross-section of backgrounds, interests and political viewpoints.” Participants will ask questions of the president both in person and via Twitter.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama took pains to express  his town halls across the country were entirely authentic, given reports then of the Hillary Clinton campaign planting two questions at her town halls events.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about Thursday’s town hall.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct052010

Obama Takes the Search for the Youth Vote to MTV 

Photo Courtesy -- ABC News Radio(WASHINGTON) -- Hoping to appeal to the MTV generation, those young voters who he’s fighting hard to bring out to the voting booths in November, President Obama will host a youth town hall special on MTV next week.

Dubbed “A Conversation with President Obama” the town hall on Oct. 14 will bring the president before 250 young people that MTV says is a “broad cross-section of backgrounds, interests and political viewpoints,” who will ask questions of the president and over Twitter.

The show will be hosted by MTV personality Sway Calloway, BET’s April Woodard, and CMT’s Katie Cook.

Facing a perceived enthusiasm gap, especially among young voters, the president has recently increased his appearances at events tailored to get out the vote and reawaken the movement that led in part to his 2008 presidential win.

On Sunday, the president will appear at another “Moving America Forward” rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with musical guests The Roots and next Tuesday he will participate in a “Commit to Vote” tele-town hall with the DNC to drum up young voters.

Next week’s events also come on the heels of President Obama’s rally in Madison, Wisconsin last week which drew 17,000 young voters.

There, the president argued that young voters need to come out in the polls to show they are not apathetic.

“if everybody who fought for change in 2008 shows up to vote in 2010, we will win.  We will win," he said. "The polls say the same thing. We will win."

And, what about the “youth vote” that Democrats were trying to re-inspire?  ABC News reports not so much.  Just 53% of 18-29 year old voters say they are certain to vote compared to 80 percent of those 65 years and older and 81 percent among those 50-64 years old.

Why does this matter to Democrats?   Walter reports, “Among younger voters, Obama’s approval rating is 58 percent; among the oldest group of voters it’s just 46 percent.  More important, when asked who they’d support in 2010, younger voters give Democrats an advantage (albeit a narrow one) of 51-47 percent.  Those 65 and older give Republicans a 51-44 percent advantage.”

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