Will Clinton Grab Young Votes?
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GREEN BAY, WI--Preparations are well underway for former President Bill Clinton's visit to UW Green Bay Friday. Volunteers spent Thursday afternoon making signs to greet President Clinton, while students are gearing up for his speech. But many are wondering if his stop will bring in the votes the Democratic party is hoping for.
Lately, lots of stops for the Obama campaign at college campuses in Wiconsin. The president himself at UW Madison, Joe Biden at UW Eau Claire and La Crosse, Michelle Obama at Lawrence University and now Clinton in Green Bay all to ensure the young vote goes democrat.
UWGB Junior Becky Rasmussen makes a sign to greet President Clinton Friday night. It'll read: "Yes we can" on one side and "Yes we did" on the other.
Rasmussen says she's confident Bill Clinton's visit will grab young votes. In fact, since the news spread on campus she says it already has.
"We had so many student registering to vote, talking about voting, talking about voting early. Just since this event tomorrow was announced" said Rasmussen.
But some students just aren't convinced, like Ty Bodden. He's the Vice President for UWGB Republicans.
"The democrats and college students just need to know the facts," said Bodden.
Bodden says a speech from President Clinton whose known for a booming economy, and creating a surplus is not a reflection of the work President Obama has done. He says the future for college students like him is bleak.
"College students are not finding jobs. More and more students after graduating are moving back home with their parents. It is just not acceptable at all" said Bodden.
Jobs for college grads was a point of discussion in the last presidential debate, and will likely be a top issue on the minds of many in the crowd at UWGB listening to President Clinton on Friday night. Obama campaign officials say they can't give out the exact capacity for the room where President Clinton will speak but tell us all the the tickets were gone by Thursday at noon and hundreds will attend.