Real Clear Politics Scott Conroy joins The Victory Sessions with host Stephen K. Bannon to discuss the impact of Paul Ryan selection on the Romney campaign. FULL INTERVIEW!
By Scott Conroy
Ryan’s Uncertain Impact on the Youth Vote
Paul Ryan is 42 years old, looks a decade younger, and exudes a youthful energy that a graying President Obama may not be able to match deep into the fourth year of his presidency.
But does any of that really matter to younger voters?
According to a poll conducted by John Zogby over the weekend, the addition of Ryan to the Republican presidential ticket may indeed have boosted the Romney campaign’s appeal to the demographic that helped propel Obama to the Oval Office in 2008.
Romney trailed Obama, 49 percent to 41 percent, in the poll of likely voters ages 18 to 29 — a significant narrowing of the gap from four years ago, when Obama dominated the youth vote over John McCain by 66 percent to 32 percent.
Ryan is the first member of a presidential ticket who was born in the 1970s, and young conservatives appear to be particularly enthused about him.
“He’s closer in age to me than he is to Vice President Biden, and someone who’s young and energetic has an appeal to young people just because of what he represents,” said Alex Schriver, chairman of the College Republican National Committee. “A lot of Congressman Ryan’s actions and proposals have been talking about the next generation. You’ll see him consistently say, ‘My plan is, in part, making sure that we can make promises to young people that we can keep.’ ”