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begin shortly and this morning the entire program is devoted to youth engagement in campaign 2018. in addition to your calls, we will speak with student journalists over the next three hours. ♪ host: washington journal on november 3, polling leading up to the midterm suggest young voters may turn out in significant numbers, one poll saying 40% of the 18-29-year-old bracket lands to participate. the driving force for our program is the youth vote and youth engagement in the midterm elections and we want to hear from you, especially if you are in the younger ages about the election, who you may vote for come issues you are passionate about, and what you think will happen. who want to of us call and talk about that youth engagement in the midterms, you
can do so as well. here is how we broke down the phone lines, between 18-24, 202-748-8000. if you are between 25 and 49, 202-748-8001. if you are over 50 years old, give us a call at 202-748-8002. you can post on our social media site @cspanwj is our twitter feed and facebook page is facebook.com/c-span. page,ng of the facebook the question is posted, chris gave some thoughts saying i turned 30 today am i still in the youth category? let's say you are today. someone says, when it comes to the youth vote, i am waiting to see it. ages, are in the younger talk about your plans to participate and why you are voting.
other people can participate. call the phone lines and our social media sites. a harvard poll, 40% of 18-29-year-olds indicating they are likely to vote this november, up 3% from the 2018 spring pole. interest in voting has increase 44%, -- sorry, 54% of democrats say a high likelihood of voting while 43% of republicans while interest among independent voters, put a 4% has not changed since the spring. that is from a harvard poll. give us your thoughts on these topics on the phone lines this morning. the numbers are on the screen. during the course of the three hours, we will talk to student journalists from the universities and colleges across the united states about what they see on their campus.
joining us now is our first guest, george with the post at ohio university who serves as a news reporter for that publication. good morning. guest: good morning. host: what you see from your publication, how would you gauge interest in the midterm? guest: it is definitely higher than previous years from what i've looked up and researched. host: tell us about the research , what are you seeing specifically on campus? guest: on campus i have seen a lot of different student groups like the call is to mcgrath and college republicans, they have been -- college democrats and college republicans, they have been reaching out to voters, specifically in athens, ohio, we have seen a rise in registered voters in 2017 and only a couple hundred off from 2016 during the presidential election.
host: what do you think is the motivator? what is engaging students this time around? guest: definitely the political climate and the increase in voter engagement from previous years. college students are listening to politics and listening to what our elected officials are doing and what they have to say. host: when it comes to the campus, you talk about college republicans and college democrats doing their part, how does this typically bear out? the registration wereine, college democrats a lot more involved and trying to get more people registered to vote and after the deadline, both groups are going across different canvases, phone banks, knocking on doors, and in
general informing college students and athens residents across the entire state. and making sure they are informed about who is on the ballot and what each party is going to vote for. host: when you talk about the conversations you have seen on campus, would you define it as , how would you categorize it? guest: i would say pretty civil when it comes down to those two groups. the groups like to work together a lot and they are pretty civil and do a lot of talking. when it comes to students in general across ohio university, they are still civil. we have had a lot of political events, rallies, that deal with specific issues like campus safety, a recent one in the last two days having to do with lgbt
writes. and visibility of trans groups and intersex groups. calledcifically, a group expletive f culture. host: as far as issues, are those top issues? how does the economy and student loans go into these decisions? guest: the top few issues college students armored about ,ur college affordability, jobs making sure they can get a job after the graduate, and specific things such as campus safety, health care, things like that. host: how does technology play into reaching out and efforts among the groups are campus? guest: i would say it is very important because social media in our age is utilized a lot theseeared i realized
groups are reaching out in person but also using social media to get people to go out and vote. with the oh-university student senate, they are -- ohio university student senate are actively trying to get people engaged, hosting an event between state representatives. they live streamed it and put it on youtube. host: what position have the university taken when they comes to the election this year? are they urging students are making it easier for them or have they taken a position at all? the side ofare on making sure students are informed and wanting to get students informed. the university as a whole has not taken a side, they have put an effort, they hosted a congressional debate and i have heard certain organizations are
sort of encouraging people to learn what is on the ballot. host: does your publication plan to do something for election night as far as coverage? guest: definitely. we come out with an election issue and we specifically, and other reporters, will be live tweeting. i am the cohost of our political podcast. we are planning on doing a couple of special things, my editor through around the possibility of us live streaming the results through that part just. -- through that podcast. host: what is your major and what are you planning to do? major is journalism, news and info and i minor in political science. right now, looking for an internship so i can graduate. and get experience in a newsroom.
after a graduate, i would love to go into a publication that allows me to write for print journalism or on line journalism , and produce content like that, unlike producing multimedia content, whether through podcasts, social media. host: this is george with the post at ohio university, a news reporter for that publication. where can they find you online? with myhrough twitter ,ame or you can find the post we will keep it updated with our contact before and after and on election day. host: thank you for your time. guest: thank you. host: he will be one of many reporters we will talk to throughout the morning looking
at using gauge meant in kevin call 18-24-year-old 202-748-8000. call025 and 49 your sold, 202-748-8001. over 50-year-old, call 202-748-8002. democrat line, over 50 and over, new jersey. the biggest election of my lifetime. as far as the using gauge meant, hopefully -- the using gauge meant, hopefully -- the youth engagement, hopefully they will tip the scales, they are not as locked in as the old-timers, why can concerned -- the users to 92 by a gun but why can't they use it as identification to vote -- why can they use their student id to
buy a gun but why can't they use it for identification to vote. trump -- no matter what he does, he will have the support, with marion barry, even though they noticed him smoking won thecaine, he still election. host: edward in wisconsin, republican line, over 50 years old. caller: thank you for taking my call. i am very impressed with your program. i have been watching it quite a few years and have called once or twice. i encourage everybody to vote, everybody who is legal, of all ages should both in this election because it is one of
the most important elections in our country. aboutwhat do you think young people as far as their role in the selection -- in this election? say that again? host: when it comes to young people, what about the role they will have in the 2018 midterms? caller: actually, i think they will serve a very important part. it is unfortunate because young people usually are a little more engaged in their life. i have been in the past and can't understand why some young -- and canshrug off understand why some young people may shrug off voting but i think they will play a big part like other sections will be, male,
female, democrat, republican, we all will play a big part. host: let's go to kansas come independent line, mj. caller: good morning and thank you for taking my call. host: go ahead, you are on. caller: i think the youth will it because it will change america i mean by "it" is imperial trump. host: what are your issues, you're a youth voter, what are your issues? caller: the youth will vote for "it" because it will make america great again. host: nancy is from kentucky, democrat line, hello. caller: thank you for taking my call.
i have already voted. speak beforetrump and -- "washington journal" i sat up straight in the bed, i was feeling so frightened, donald trump said, please tell me if someone else heard this or if they did not, he said he was creating another part of the armed forces. mussoliniso much like and the brownshirts. host: we are talking about youth engagement. what do you think about the youth vote in this midterm election? else willhope someone let me know if they heard that. i am so proud of our youth working as hard as their
working, knocking on doors, creating services, driving to and from, and taking a stand, because this is their country. we will be going on and they are taking it over, this will be their world. host: do you think they are motivated this time around as far as voting? caller: i believe so from all i have seen. i pray they are. i pray they have been paying attention to what has been happening because i am worried about our democracy at this point in the game. host: ok. that is nancy in kentucky calling. on youth engagement. tj on twitter says many kids brains have not developed, many have a democratic mind, what they can get for free without considering someone has to pay
for it. it ise on facebook says important to get voters engaged early and teach them how to become informed and educated voters, the midterm present a challenge in that respect. you can read it on our facebook page. lou says youth is a time information. themselves andte never know and state level until they grow up mentally -- and stay liberal until they grow up mentally. you can make thoughts on twitter and facebook as well. this is the idea we are taking on during the course of the morning, the youth vote and what you think about it. you748-8000 for those of 18-24. between 25 and 49, 202-748-8001. over 50, 202-748-8002.
we invited students, a republican and democrat, to talk about various issues leading up to the midterms and they talked about engagement among young people. here is some of that exchange. guest: the argument we are uninformed is not necessarily valid. we are not engaged, that is not valid either because you see people very engaged on social media. you are not wrong about we are not engaged effectively. that has shown by the youth having lower turnout and it is up to us to go to the polls and make sure we have a say in this election. think, of the people who are informed, they are extremely informed because of the ability to access information, especially with the internet and different resources. i understand there is a lot of reactionary politics on social
media with twitter, we experience it all the time, someone tweets something and they get 1000 retweets and it could be misinformation. there are valid points to both sides but i would push back, not to sound simplistic of those who are informed would be considered informed, they have more of a comprehensive knowledge than generations fast. host: this is heather off of facebook who says campuses have knocked on my door twice asking for my 19-year-old twins, i am like, i vote, don't you want to talk to me l,ol. student journalists we will be talking with today and joining us now is someone with the independent florida alligator, university of florida, serving as their digital managing editor. good morning. guest: good morning, how are you?
host: good, thank you for asking, what are you seeing about engagement in this midterm election? guest: the issue on our campus is early voting locations, for four years, it was not allowed because of a florida statute. lawsuit spearheaded a to be an early voting location and for the first time, it is open to the general and we have seen a huge push. host: the move to open that location, would you call that a bipartisan effort? guest: i would, led by a nonpartisan group. other groups have supported it, cause republicans, college democrats -- college republicans, college democrats. host: when you talk about the parties reaching out to get the youth vote, what are you seeing on campus among republicans, democrats, independents? guest: on our campus,
nonpartisan groups, the bob graham foundation, have done that isuge push and leading people more than college republicans and college democrats, we have young americans for freedom's, though they are on campus and do get people to vote, push people to the polls, most of it coming from nonpartisan groups. host: when it comes to issues that students are passionate about leading up to the election, how would you rank those? guest: being in florida with the parkland shooting, we have a huge discussion about gun control on campus. during the shooting, we had about 200 students graduates of marjory stoneman douglas high school's and 48 students from their came to the university of florida. gun control is a huge discussion
on campus and with the pittsburgh shooting, we have a largest jewish population of any college in the nation. there has been a big push around amendment 4 two restore voter rights -- that has been going on longer than the primaries, people have been conditioning for voter felon restoration. att: we saw president obama a rally supporting andrew gillum in the governor's race, how is the governor's race resonating among students? guest: andrew gillum came to our campus the friday before, about 200 or 300 students came out and he marks them to the early voting locations. that is the day when the voting location had the largest turnout. desantis has not come to campus, shortly after andrew gillam came, there was a red wave rally where our state republican and state senator who
are republicans came to campus and about 50-100 students came. ist: another big topic civility, how does that play out on campus and how would you teach civility of the groups that do not agree with each other? guest: one thing the university of florida has structured into the way it goes about politics is that any group that take student government money to get funds, if they put on a political event, make sure both sides are there. if you are the black student union and want to have a debate, you have to give a good faith invite to the college republicans and college democrats. like thesounds university itself is very engaged in this process. how would you describe that? is theyes, our president superbike -- has been supervisor of elections, promoted early voting, the school has done that
, some students making noise for no classes on election day or optional classes but that does not seem to be going forward. host: election coverage next week, what are the plans for your publication? guest: we will go around campus and the county seen what is going on in different voting locations and talking about people in different ages but talking about youth turnout because we are a college publication. host: what role will technology play in the coverage? from: we always live tweet our respective accounts of staff writers and our main account, we may periscope or live tweet, we have taste look like going on and a running page on her website about what is going on and the turnout. host: do you think engagement with youth will be stronger this time around? guest: i do. some professors are strong in voting research have pointed out there is a higher turnout in early voting. i think, based on what we have
seen compared to this year and the previous midterms, i think use voter turnout will be higher. turnoutnk youth voter will be higher. host: tell us about your publication. becamethe alligator independent in 1973, we have no ties to the university. we are one of the largest student run publications in the nations and very proud of it. we have a large staff and work tirelessly to cover the issues that are important. host: what is your major and what are you interested in after you graduate? guest: journalism major and i want to go into the field. i like newspapers, reporting, telling people stories. host: where can people find you online? guest: i am at twitter. and on our website, the alligator, i have my staff profile. host: that is our guest of the
independent florida alligator, how did you get the name of the publication? guest: when we became independent we inserted the word alligator. thank you. host: david is next in hartford, connecticut, republican line, the 25-49-year-old category. caller: good morning, thank you for c-span. great, twopation is years ago, i am a donald trump voter, the question was to: if you could unify this person and i called in and said yes, i agree with nancy, proud of the youth. i like the rock the vote. i would like to stay -- amongengagement levels young republicans?
he hung up. let's go to vivian, tennessee. caller: i am on. host: go ahead. i am calling because i have been voting -- i am pushing 90 years old. i have been voting for quite some time. that i voteo know both democrat and republican. you know that in advance. host: what do you think about younger people voting? caller: i think it is wonderful. i think they should all vote. up,nt to say today, listen america. in my lifetime, i do not go back to abraham lincoln but in my
afetime i have never known former president ever campaigning ever against a sitting president. that has never happened until barack obama. thank you. host: let's go to james in pittsburgh, independent line. caller: good morning, pedro, good morning, america. mister rogers' neighborhood just got attacked by a set -- semi automatic weapon and we still do not have a debate. a terror attack in mr. rogers neighborhood. 11 good people were murdered for hate. politician but i cannot get on the ballot. we have ridiculous politicians in pittsburgh. host: the topic is the youth vote and youth engagement in this campaign.
caller: i am youth, jimmy from pittsburgh, pennsylvania, i grew up in detention centers. i am the youth. i am trying to get into office and you have ridiculous people running for office. teachers who cannot teach kids. nobody out there better than me. host: cal in new york, go ahead. caller: hello and good morning. i was try to not sound like a grumpy old man, complaining about the use but i have -- youth, but i have been having an argument with them politically going back to the bush years. a lot of my encounters with youth politically happens one-on-one in seminars and meetings and marches, as opposed to social media.
i have been arguing and resisting what i have seen as the apathy and confusion of the youth going back to bush. when the rnc was here for the convention in 2004 and i saw major elements of the left collapse and die. asleep the youth fell once obama was elected and did him,ng to sustain or help which is why there is a resurgence allegedly now in youth participation now that everything is collapsing and we are suffering the consequences of all of that previous apathy. i am dismayed that the youthful energy that started with parkland and other voting initiatives is pointing towards people like joe biden and elizabeth warren, and these
fossils that should be replaced by these younger people, but i do not see them politically active. i hear about the blue wave and revolution in the street, it is all over television but one-on-one with people on the street, i see kids staring into their phones. host: you do not think that interest or engagement will translate to votes on election day? caller: i think we are confusing the energy and enthusiasm we are getting from the media from news networks that favor our opinions on the left, from late-night comedy shows, that generates into a lot of enthusiasm but, i hate to sound cynical, but that enthusiasm, that revolution of the mind, the imaginary mass of social media revolution has not translated into political reality. that is why we are in the mess.
host: why'd you think it has not translated? caller: because there is an emotional satisfaction we get from social media and mass media , the way we entertain ourselves about how donald trump is so dumb and racist and homophobic. that translates into a satisfaction of its own that has nothing to do with the satisfaction of actually making things better by participating in the political process. we think it is a political victory when nancy pelosi goes on stephen colbert and proclaims victory. that is almost enough of an emotional rush to sustain us. host: ok, that is cal in new york calling and giving us his thoughts. new jersey is next, lou. caller: good morning, you have a great show. i am 69 years old, retired
schoolteacher, used to be a democrat when i was younger and i became an independent. one of the show's i used to love watching was cnn. wife, you watch the communist channel, fox, but i started to watch both and others. trump got elected and i could cnnbelieve how one-sided became, one of my favorite stations. i started to listen to fox because my wife listen to fox. fourth, andack and i could not believe how one-sided against the president all of these other stations are. host: aside from that, the idea do youh engagement, what think as far as the young people participating in the election this year? caller: being a schoolteacher
for 38 years, i still substitute , one -- one ap course and and, you, i will go in know, i asked, why do you hate trump? the reason the 18-year-olds and 19 euros -- the reasons they give me are off the wall, they say they watch cnn, have you ever watched fox? no. host: you are saying this goes as far media coverage, as the level of participation you do not see happening? fox,r: fox, and maybe no they watch cnn or the other ones. i jump back and forth. this is our country. apologize only because i
want to get to frank in delaware, go ahead. caller: i am calling about the , they are trying to get kids out of school that are 15, 16, 17 years old to vote, that is ridiculous. the liberals are behind it. their party does not know anything. let the high school kids vote because they do not know anything. the youth vote is ridiculous. host: why? caller: because they are young and they do not know about politics. when i was young, i did not know politics, it takes into your 20's before you know what is going on with the parties. be 17, 18, you do not know anything about politics. host: did you participate when you were 18 and could legally vote? caller: they do not have that
back then when i was 18. i would not have voted because i did not know anything. look at social media coverage and other coverage as far as education and how inform students are, you do not think that is happening among students? caller: i do not because they have more things on their mind that senators and congressmen and presidents. they do not care about that stuff. host: that is frank in delaware calling on the line for 50 and over. we divided the lines differently, if you are between 18 and 24, 202-748-8000. if you are between the ages of 25 and 49, 202-748-8001. if you are 50 and over, 202-748-8002. when it comes to participation, there is a group effort known as walk out the vote, encouraging
students of all ages, voting or otherwise, to get to the polls next tuesday and support those young people who will be voting. here is a promotional video. >> kids may only be 25% of the population but we are 100% the future. >> over 20 youth led organizations have come together to ask high school and college students to walk out of class on election day to march to the polls. demographicple, the 18-24 has shown up to the polls and the smallest percentage of any demographic and the goal is to make sure young people are showing up to the polls in record number >>. the only age group where the results of the midterm will affect us the next 60 years and we want to make sure we are safe and free, that our children are safe and free from climate change and without violence.
-- and gun violence. >> we have walked out throughout the country and states, no matter where you live come in a city or in a rural area or suburb, whether you go to a public or private school, homeschooled, do not have a school, everyone can participate on election day to walk out the vote. our website has information about how you can not only vote on election day, but make sure it is visible and loud and people hear you in your community and in your state and in this country. the truth is, we can march, we can shout, we can walk out, the biggest thing we have to do is vote. you must about. -- you must vote. ♪ host: pablo is next in colorado. you are on. caller: i feel sorry for the young people.
i think the baby boomers, my generation, is the most selfish generation that has ever existed on earth. we have transformed it into a cesspool. we have militarized it. takeve let fear of 9/11 advantage of the prison industry. thate they get involved, they figure they can change things. i pray that they do not give up on america. that we continue to do things. as i said, it is the fault of the baby boomers. a selfish and ration. -- a selfish generation. host: you do not think they will show up this time around? caller: i pray they do, that the young people do not give up. that they say, we will someday
be doing this. we had that same thought as baby boomers coming up, we will change things for the better and we did it. did not,e much -- we things are much worse and the midterms are an opportunity to try and correct it. 538 have dones at research with younger voters at midterms. historically, midterm participation, saying to get a sense of the rate which young people have turned up any midterm, they looked at data from the current population survey over the last two decades and the high mark for midterm turnout among 18-29 euros was 2006 when 25.5% of citizens in that age group voted, that was also the last time democrats have a successful midterm cycle. coincidence? maybe not.
below plots midterm turnout rates for for aid groups commonly used in a supposed and you can see, young people turnout at sharply lower rate than older americans. the lowest overall rate since the 1942 midterm, turnout among 18-29-year-olds was 20%, the lowest turnout for that group in the past 20 years. more of the research available on 538.com. the story is young voters may actually show up at the polls. florida, thomas, go ahead. young folks need to turnout. if they do not turnout, it will
get worse. host: as far as young people you know, do they plan to vote? caller: i have than talking with my kids. facebook, they are getting information. school,graduated high the kids do not get civics in school these days. that is another plot. you do not teach kids about government. host: what age are your kids? caller: a daughter who is 23 and another daughter 32, another daughter who is 31. son, when obama came, i took him to the polling place. host: what is the reaction from
them when it comes to voting? what is their level of interest from your children and what do they say to you about why or why not they are interested? they see tv, they watched the racism. host: you say your children will participate? caller: every one of them come on facebook, they said, i voted. i am so proud of them. for: gus in ohio, our line 50 and over. go ahead. caller: how are you? host: fine. caller: you were talking about youth participation. what i have seen is, i go to mcdonald's with my friends for coffee and i talked to younger and i asked them about
arer votes, some of them not registered and some do not understand it. they are not really engaged. but they know the issues. i tried to explain to them, boating is important -- voting is important. vote does that their not count. this is the sad part about it. the misinformation they get from the other side because they think the youth vote is for democrats. one vote equals 100 votes and 100 votes equals 1000 votes. their vote does count. i tried to explain some of the votesvotes, maybe 100
decides the issues. it seems to me that, yes, they say they know how to register and i would give them the phone number and the election board there are probably 60% are not interested -- are interested in voting but the information is not there how to vote, the extractions on how to register -- the instructions on how to register. host: in your engagement with young people, have you gotten them to change their mind about the idea of their vote and if it counts or not? caller: yes, a lot of the kids are concerned. and jobinimum wage participation, trying to improve themselves. , theyd part about it is
are not getting enough encouragement. nobody is out there explaining to them how to register, and -- which direction the country is going. debates interested in and the political side but do not know how to register to vote. i've tried to give them information or try to help them. anduld get their address tried to get the election board to send them information to spread the word. host: david in springfield, virginia. caller: good morning. host: you are on. caller: thank you for taking my call. -- the youth have sat
down so long on the sidelines and damage, with gun violence, they have not participated. i have zero problem with people blaming the media. [indiscernible] media, ile blame the do not understand. host: you said you are glad youth aren't participating? caller: glad they are participating. host: ok. onid giving us his thoughts youth engagement in campaign 2018. we are talking to student journalists across the united states at colleges and universities. joining us as christian snyder with pitt news at the university
of pittsburgh, their editor-in-chief. what is the level of engagement on campus? guest: a busy week in pittsburgh and people are feeling energized , people ready to go to the polls. a lot of active students in pittsburgh, in particular active groups of high school students who have been for the past 1.5 years, since the parkland shooting, driving political engagement in the communities. host: did the events at the synagogue, are making people vote this year? guest: i do not know if it is the first thing on their mind but something people were talking about at the rallies and protests i have been at this week. discussing hown they are tired of thoughts and prayers and want to do something actionable. people saying this is a big reason you should vote. host: on campus, what is the outrage from republican and democratic groups?
guest: a lot of outreach. america,c socialist of democrats and republicans are strong, governor walker was supposed to be working with campaign -- college democrats and the republicans have been a smaller club on campus but are still hosting big-name speakers this year. onre is a lot of action campus but not as much as the 2016 president election but still a lot happening. host: you can see differences between the 2016 election and this time around, what do you think will be the turnout? guest: it may be lower than in 2016, a lot of people were more energized in 2016. i think that is because, someone i spoke to, i reached out to followers and students at pitt and asked which issues are important to them and they said
that was one of them, this is not asked an important of an election -- as important of an election. host: what other issues is dunes talk about -- issues do students talk about? guest: lgbtq plus rights are important, especially trans have beens who affected by the news that the trump administration wants to remove the want definitions of definitions ofed gender. corporations in pittsburgh driving growth in specific areas. i talk to people about you quality and a need and a desire for living wages for everybody. and voter suppression is a reason for people to vote because other people cannot. host: when it comes to students and how they base their opinions
on who they vote for, where do you think those pieces of information are coming from, largely social media? guest: a lot of it but most is news through social media. there is talk about where people get their news and students at pitt have great services where we get good news. host: when it comes to the university itself, what is it doing to help students on election day, how involved are they? guest: there have been people tabling every day outside the university trying to register people to vote. there are polling places on campus and across the street from the student union. our chancellor is in touch and sends us emails on the days leading up to election day. there are a lot of people who think election day should be a federal holiday and their work should be canceled. another reason people said they
would not be voting, they have had trouble in the past and it is tough to get to the polls. looking forre you on election day as editor and chief? guest: looking for how many people will vote and how many issues -- and what issues are bring them. for the people who vote, what is important? i think we will see a swell in participation in pittsburgh next week considering the president was here on tuesday and a lot of people were against the president. people supported him as well. it will bring people out. to see how the storylines factor into the election next week. host: describe the scope of coverage or publication will do on election day? guest: we will be at the polls all day talking to voters before and after. we will go to watch parties and also doing more live coverage in terms of getting information to
our followers more quickly. host: tell us about yourself and your hopes after you graduate. guest: i am a senior and i want to continue as a journalist, looking at internships and fellowships and jobs, send me an email. host: how to find your publication online? pittnews.com. host: thank you. those are just some of the to, wes we have talked have divided the phone lines differently, between 18 and 24 years old, call 202-748-8000. if you are between 25 and 49 years old. 202-748-8002 if you are over 50 years old. nick in illinois between 25 and 49 talking about youth engagement in campaign 2018.
caller: what is happening, pedro? host: you are on, go ahead, thanks. caller: 2018 is not getting the out. , i was already politically engaged and have been a registered republican since 2012. what is getting me turned up has nothing to do with national come it is local news and local politics in illinois, that is what is getting me out. -- granty life i went city, president trump went there. i heard my whole life, between these districts, our schools were underfunded. that is good and fine. the problem is, for the most of my life, the democrats in illinois have had control.
here i am in school being lied to by democrat teachers who are talking about being underfunded and they blame bush. i literally had teachers blaming everything on bush. our country was $5.7 trillion in debt when bush came in. i have heard my whole life in illinois about republicans, republicans, republicans, even from my own family. i am waiting for someone to give me something from the democrat side, other than taxes, and everything else they champion. i understand we need a taxing system and have to tax the people. i think democrats are unorthodox to say a nicely. host: if everything will be local for you, how does that play out to the will vote for next tuesday? caller: the guy running for governor, j b pritzker, i do not have to go to the fbi probe, but
today was the first time in the entire gubernatorial season in illinois where i heard him say something about bruce talking about we need to stop bruce, it has been we need a firewall against donald trump and night -- need someone to stand up against donald trump, i would like them to explain what president trump did other than paying taxes in illinois, i would like to know what the hell donald trump did to anything politically in illinois. chicago has a 60 member city council, one republican is on that counsel and he was the one apologizing for the gun violence, not rahm emanuel, not the police chief. the one republican was. host: aside from that, who else will you support? caller: mike babcock. state district, i
think 111. i will support mike babcock because monica says unelected official who has never been elected froze our health care by -- rose our health care by 400%, i live in the same was metro and do not understand where monica bristow and the gushy replaced -- the guy he replaced, he stepped down and she got put in madigan, he, mike has the power of the purse. in illinoiss nick talking about local interest. that orgo as small as the larger health -- house or senate races or governors races. all under the umbrella of youth engagement and what you are thinking about. michael in utica, over 50 years
old. just a couple of statements i would like to make about the previous callers. the teacher making the point that people are not looking at facts -- fox news enough. when the majority of people are looking at five or six different news organizations, they come up with an opinion, which is opposed to the fox network opinion. i would think the majority of people are watching the proper news. in regard to the younger people, they are more engaged than ever, more educated than ever, i think the schools are helping educate them about the voting system and how it works. that, it is a process just as well as older people have trouble hitting to the polls. this is why -- getting to the
polls. we need a better voting system where people can safely apply online and get to vote electronically. we do have a problem with the intervention from russia. government system of can hopefully control that aspect of it. until we get a system that is better for everybody to vote, we will have problems. host: that is mike from utica. this is grand prairie, texas, leticia. are you there? caller: yes. host: you are on. caller: my opinion is the youth are engaged, my daughter who will turn 21 on november 6, her first time voting was during the presidential election. we voted early last week in
grand prairie. what i have observed, there were more youth than i expected in line. speaking to my daughter and the other youth, they are very educated on not only national candidates but their local candidates. i see the energy with the youth. i am from the clinton era. i have never seen this energy in youth. they understand what is on , and what is at stake with the midterm. tell me about these conversations and why do you think your daughter is so motivated, what drives her? caller: i was listening to the previous caller, the system has a lot to do with it, discussing political science classes, something i did not have growing the real-timeieve
information contributes to that. i think the issues at stake, they know it will have a direct impact on them currently in their future. that is my observation. host: does she sure your political point of view? guest: she does -- caller: she does. and able toengaged tell me and give me insight on candidates, real-time information on policy. she is very engaged. host: when it comes to getting information about candidates or policies, where does she get them from and where you get your information? caller: from various sources. dialogue, networking.
watching cnn, msnbc. i watched fox news this morning to get a different opinion. -- we are not just one-dimensional or getting information. i tried to convey to her i want you to be open-minded. we look at various different media channels. for the most part i follow msnbc and cnn, as well as online avenues. i network. from various different sources. host: i suppose she has made a decision about the texas senate race. caller: yes, she has. she educated me on the senator. i was not educated on beto. we did vote for him, but she was the one who has given me insight
for,what he was running what was important and why it was important to her. host: leticia telling herstory from grand prairie, texas. we will talk about the idea of youth engagement in campaign 2018, and getting your thoughts on -- if you're a younger voter, a first-time voter, if you fall into the younger brackets about the issues you are concerned about, people you are voting for, what you think the vote turnout will be. the rest of us can participate. if you fall between 18 and 24, it is (202) 748-8000. and 49are between 25 years old, (202) 748-8001. if you are 50 and over, (202) 748-8002.
you can make your thoughts note , and oner at @cspanwj our facebook page. brookings released their analysis leading up to next tuesday. you can find it online at brookings.edu. they say the participation of younger voters will determine the outcome of the upcoming election. 34 million millennials voted in 2016. 25% of votes cast. the baby boomers may have outnumbered them, but the numbers are shifting. while the ranks of the boomers thin out, 8 million more americans are eligible to vote this year than in 2016. many of these young voters enter with a political agenda. one of their key of sessions is gun control. they laid out the gauntlet earlier when student survivor's health apartment shooting --
survivors of the apartment parkland shooting wanted more than thoughts and prayers. for those 50 and over, this is mike calling us. caller: good morning. -- imment is regarding appreciate the energy of the youth, and i agree as far as the gun rules. wendy to make some changes. however -- we need to make some changes. what the youth could do is have rallies, gatherings against distracted driving. more people are killed by distracted drivers. what we need to do is have them go out, demand people put their phones down when their driving so they are not texting. there is too much hazard with distracted driving. i think the rallies maybe could help immediately without. we don't need the government for that. let's try to stop distracted driving and unnecessary deaths.
do you engage with younger people on the issue of politics? what do you sense about this election coming up? caller: i have not with a number of them. the ones i engage with our may be in their 30's -- are maybe in their 30's. they are trying to get through school. they are trying to maintain families, afford housing. what i have gathered is not necessarily one certain thing, but just in general trying to get their lives together and to be able to get their careers and pathway to live together. host: r.j. from sterling, virginia. you are calling on the 18 to 24-year-old line. caller: i work on a campaign and 0. -- in va-1
when we go canvassing we have been pushing absentee ballots like a lot of swing districts. i think that will push the youth vote. host: why did you get involved with the va-10 race directly? caller: it is my hometown. sterling, va is my hometown. i really like the candidate, senator weston. barbara comstock was representing us, especially on gun violence. she took $138,000 from the nra. i don't want it to be my community next. that is why i am knocking on doors for her today. host: as far as what jennifer on canand can do -- wext do, what is she for?
caller: she is strong on assault weapons. host: tell us about the peers you associate with. what are the issues aside from gun violence? what are you passionate about when you vote? i have ay peers, friend on the comstock campaign. we all agree the gun violence issue is out of control. studentss -- most agree on common sense gun reform. that is something that will push students from across section to vote for the opposition party this year. tot students believe we have work on infrastructure. we want to live in a country with good roads and bridges. there are a lot of issues that democrats are pushing that will align people regardless of party. host: are you going to school
currently? caller: i go to george mason university. host: when you participate with the campaign, is this a weekend thing? how engaged are you? caller: a lot of the kids i know are either fresh college grads or they do classes at night, maybe take a day off on a monday. they do work in the office during the day. host: what's going on it george mason? what are you sensing as far as the campaign and students engaging directly for next week? caller: george mason is a safe district for gerry connolly. a lot of the students come in to va-10 to help us out. they have always knocked on a lot of doors for nearby swing districts. i know they do phone banks as well. host: as far as the campus
itself, the culture on campus, how much activity on both sides are you seeing? caller: it is crazy. we have planned parenthood on campus, a lot of progressive groups. a lot of voter registration groups like next gen. people want to get involved. they see the news everyday and they don't want to be re-tweaking things -- retweeting things. they want to be part of the resistance, for lack of a better word. host: what do you think the perception is for young people voting from those perhaps you were not so young? people gethink excited. i'm glad you guys are getting involved and engaging with the community, but there is cynicism. heard every response.
i say this limit your to get very excited when they see a people doing things that i say -- i say there is a slim majority they get excited when they see people doing things. whatever i do, public service is part of that. before 2016, i wanted to go to art school. after the election i wanted to get back to my country. we saw it happened in 2016 and the kind of people that are in power and account abide in that. host: r.j. from virginia. he is calling on the line for students who want to talk about the youth experience when it comes to voting. other lines you can choose from. this is from new york, edwin is next on the line for 50 and older. caller: hello. host: go ahead. caller: if you give the youth
the opportunity to vote, they will vote. we were all young once. we know what it is like to be a young person interested in the future. if you makes that it a national holiday, where everybody is out there voting on that day, it will increase the opportunity for people to vote. as one young person said earlier, school is open. jobs are open. people are not getting to the polls because they don't have the opportunity to get there. that is all i need to say. ory isfrom florida, t next up. caller: i would like to say i went to a political rally a week and a half ago. i saw a lot of young enthusiastic voters. i engaged with them. they said, and i talked to a
group of about eight standing near me. their number one issue was health care. was the hatredg from the other side. they are not going to stand for it any longer. i applaud them and i was excited to see some many of the youth out there. they were engaged. this was at a university. they were young women and men i was talking to. they were not even from that college. they came from another college just to participate in this political rally. i applaud them. host: do you think that level of engagement is different from years past as far as activity among young people in politics? caller: absolutely. this administration has woke a lot of people up. not just that age group. but every other generation.
it definitely has awoken them to getting engaged in making changes. ford off of facebook said youth should not get engaged until they are grown up. jonathan landon saying that only 10% or less of the public pays attention to politics, it is important to get kids involved as early as possible. you can call us on the lines. youth engagement 2018 is what we are focused on today. we have in our in 15 minutes or so. 15 minutes or so. see from atlanta. -- steve from atlanta. not only thenk youth but every voter in the united states as set up by the constitution needs to be a taxpayer.
we have gotten away from that. we have gone with the democracy. one man, one vote. you breathe, you vote. that is a road to destruction. as far as the president goes, i don't like him. i would not sit down to eat a meal with him. however, he is 1000 times better than what we had before and 1000 times better than what we have in congress. that gives you a perspective on what older people think. host: why require a student or young person to th pay taxes? some of those kids could be in college. taxpaying to be a requirement to vote? caller: that is the way the constitution is set up and that is correct. because -- if a younger person is in the military, they should vote.
or they should be given the right to vote. militaryre not in the or the police or something like they if you're a taxpayer, should be the ones to vote, period. all ages. not just youth. host: steve in atlanta. here in the district of columbia, the washington, d.c. counsel is voting to lower the age for voting to 16. 0 approval in the judiciary and public safety committee on thursday. the 26th amendment to the u.s. constitution guarantees citizens 18 and older the right to vote. scholars said does not prevent a state or in this case the nation's capital from setting a lower age. according to one of the council members, he said his bill will en franchise -- in
nfranchise youth. guest: good morning, pedro. host: what is the level of interest leading up to the midterms next year on campus? guest: i would say students are pretty highly energized. we have seen a lot of efforts for voter turnout, both among college students who do not vote much on campus. there has also been an effort by political groups to canvass in swing districts. doing phone banks, letter writing campaigns. of energizing is pretty high. what is the level of energy compared to 2016 and the presidential election? -- in the presidential election?
guest: i think recent events have energized college students. we were all watching closely the kavanaugh hearings. i think the conversation has been centered around predominantly president trump. students see it as a referendum on trump. people are talking about the issues he has implemented affecting us on college campuses. host: when it comes to columbia, republican and democratic groups on campus, what kind of activities are they engaged in? guest: one big drive that has been surprisingly effective has been just handing out stamps to students to help them fill out absentee ballots in their home states. for a lot of get out the vote efforts it comes down to something as simple as reminding students what the deadline is to
request absentee ballots or send it into their home states. there has been an effort to bring speakers to campus who specifically a lot of conversations around identity and how issues of identity are going to come up in the races. host: the discourse you talk about, has it been civil on campus? guest: for the most part yes. it has been spearheaded by a lot of students who are part of political groups who are interested in talking about candidates, talking about issues. at the same time i think a lot of president trump's issues lead to vigorous debate. we have a lot of international and undocumented students. especially his policies regarding immigration are very personal issues for a lot of students. host: when it comes to you and your reporting, what do you
engage in leading up to election day? what will your coverage look like? guest: at columbia we are looking closely at the texas senate race. umnus.'rourke is an al otherwise we will pay attention races and york senate other elections that could actually have policy impacts on our campus. host: the talked about the role of texting on campus. talk about other social media. how that is used to engage people to vote but inform voters as they head to the polls. a lot ofmething organizers will tell you is it is difficult to get college students to phone bank. a lot of people are people have social anxiety when it comes to talking on the phone. texting is different. there are apps that allow people
to text voters directly using databases. voters can respond and answer questions and help people get information about how to get to poll.earest we have seen a word to spread messages on social media. sharing information on facebook and twitter. there have even been tender campaigns-- tinder and get the vote out that way. host: what position has the college taken on election day? are they making it easy to vote? guest: columbia has a university holiday on election day. there is no classes. all employees get the day off. that is intended to get people to the polls. it is a policy that has been in place for a few years. host: what will you and your colleagues be doing on election day? guest: i will be paying
attention to the results, watching them that night. i have already voted via absentee ballot. it will just be looking at those results. host: what do you hope to do after you graduate? guest: i hope to work for a newspaper covering politics. specifically something like elections in the state capital or national capital. host: how can people find your publication online? how do they reach you online if they wish? guest: you can find the columbia spectator at columbiaspectator.com, and you can follow me on twitter. holmes, thank you for your time. this is scott as we continue our discussion. scott and connecticut. -- in connecticut. advice i canest
give young voters is the advice have get any citizen. you should not join the democrat or republican parties. democrats and republicans in the election. that is what i am going to do. i am a member of the green party. green partyfor candidates and on affiliateds. host: do you think young people know about the green party? caller: they should if they have done their homework, but most people don't do their homework before they vote in this country. they should be aware of the 10 key values of the green party. reducing military spending, universal health care, essentially medicare for all is another example, building a peace economy based on local economies, etc. hey and gender equity -- pay
and gender equity. they can access the internet. we have become an asylum without walls in the united states because of the divisiveness between the democrats and republicans and the dysfunction in congress. we need a progressive movement. the green party has been around for over 20 years. it has been very successful in europe. it is the ascendant here in the united states. we need a progressive movement to continue. jill stein has run twice for president. people are familiar with ms.s stein. bernie sanders is essentially a green. host: bernie sanders got a lot of support from young people. the you think that carries on to
-- do you think people will find those candidates? caller: i hope so. overtures toade bernie to run with the green party. she was willing to have bernie run as president and she was going to be vice presidental candidate. he declined because i think bernie still thinks the democratic party is the party of fdr. those days are long gone. it is now the party of bill clinton, which is a triangulating conservative party. that is like bernie did not get the nomination. ohio let's go to basil in for those 50 and older. caller: i would like to speak to the younger people. ask yourself where you will be in two or four years.
are you willing to give up your borders, your freedom and let government takeover? if you go into business, do you want more influence for the government telling you had your business should be run? which freedoms are you willing to give up if you vote for the democratic party? if you're willing to give up those freedoms, the democratic party is for you if you want more abortions, euthanasia of senior citizens because there are too many in nursing homes. they like the debt. they like to have all kinds of things that will bring -- let's say will be called decadence into america. is this what you want to raise your children and with -- children in with the blue wave coming? or do you want to send them where you want to be educated? young people wake up to
the reality of which party you want to have and which president you want to support. do you want more unemployment or welfare? definitely get on top of the blue wave. watch it crests and splashdown with no hope and no jobs for the future. host: that is basil. you can make your thoughts known. if you are between the ages of 18 and 24, it is (202) 748-8000. if you fall between the ages of 25 to 49, (202) 748-8001. if you are 50 and over, (202) 748-8002. there is a group. they are supporting the effort called knock the vote. they released an ad motivating other people to go out to the polls. here is the ad.
[video] >> dear young people. don't vote. >> trump. that was us. >> tax cuts for the rich. hell yeah. >> climate change. that is a youth problem. i will be dead soon. >> sure, school shootings are sad. >> but i have not been in a school for 50 years. meme onike some instagram. >> maybe you can go to one of those little marches. >> but you won't vote. >> you young people never do. >> but i do. >> i do. >> midterms, primaries. >> every single election. >> we are a generation of doers. >> not whiners. >> we are doing great.
host: we will your next from jenny in north carolina for 50 and older. caller: hi there. i have got a lot of things. i have been around for a while. i was in the civil rights movement and have been involved ever since. i think this is the most important election that is ever been. i am so concerned about so many things. human, civilnt, and voting rights. just everything. i think we need -- host: what message would you tell young people as they plan to vote? caller: look at the issues. vote your conscience.
host: do you think you will see a lot of engagement with young people this election cycle? caller: i am certainly hoping. host: marcia is next in new jersey. caller: yes, thank you for c-span for taking up this topic. concerned in this educationat higher has become too expensive for young people. they have to take out loans. it is very difficult for them. i would like to see more vocational schools built across the united states so that some young people who do not go to college or any of the universities can get a skill so when they get out of these vocational schools they can get a job. this is very important. another thing, i think they
should -- transportation if they cannot get to the polls. this should be available because young people are the future of our country. thank you so much for c-span. host: john from virginia, calling on the line for 18 to 24-year-olds. caller: hi. i just wanted to say there was a caller a few people back about who is talking about the green party and a few of the others. how we need to look at other parties. i completely agree. in my state we have corey stewart and a libertarian. i will not be voting for the libertarian, but i think it is that we look into other parties. host: how would you describe yourself? caller: as an independent but i
tend to vote for democrats. host: what are your plans for next week? who do you plan to vote for in virginia? caller: i am planning on voting for kane in the senate. and ily for my district think those are the only two elections for me. the others are for constitutional amendments for virginia. host: when it comes to the reasons are voting, what particularly motivates you to vote for either candidate? tend toconnelly does do more outreach wise in the area. over corey worry student. -- corey stewart. he terrifies the hell out of me. host: how active have groups
been to reaching out to you for this election? caller: i would say we do tend to be ignored because we historically don't vote much. bet thisbe willing to election might be different. host: you think there will be more motivation than there was an 2016 for the presidential election? caller: amongst young voters there might be a bit more. it might just be due to most young people taking it very harsh and negative view of the president. i think he will drive young people out to vote primarily against him, but i imagine there would be some that would vote for him as well. host: what is the perception of older people towards younger people when it comes to voting? guess they tend to be lazy and terms of civic engagement because we tend not
to vote. hopefully this election will start to reverse that perception a little bit. host: that is john. just a little south of washington, d.c. in virginia. inie and maryland -- maryland. go ahead. caller: good morning. for letting me have a voice this morning. claimingo people call they are voting for the green party. values thet of those green party established, they basically gave those values to the democratic party. it is not a coincidence. they know what they are doing. they are trying to erode the democratic vote. i believe these people are fake. they are trying to make sure you don't vote for the democrats.
vote for the green party. that means the democratic party is losing votes. i'm sure they are doing this everywhere. i can't imagine anybody wants to vote for the green party. they know they are not going to win. virtually all the so-called v values is what the democratic party is thousands. why would you vote -- the democratic party espouses. host: youth engagement is what we are talking about. what you think about the youth vote? caller: i think a lot are energized. a lot of people are going to do the right thing. everybody has a right to vote for whatever party that shares their values. what i have seen is, based on everything in the last two years in this country, definitely more youth are engaging as far as gun
regulations or whatever their concerns. a lot of them are definitely voting democrat this year. people are energized. that i see for sure. host: the american psychological association did a survey of people who plan to vote in this election cycle. when it comes to that survey, when it comes to those who describe themselves as older , andcans, 87% were booms the next list at 76% was gen x 'ers. gen z, 54%. millennials, 68%. we had a guest from the organization to talk about stress and america, particularly things politically that we are seeing nowadays that might be causing stress among younger voters. he talked about that on this program a little while ago. >> it looks like the current environment is actually causing people more stress.
one thing we know is as we mature and get older, we are better able to manage stress. the lowest stress levels are in older americans. the highest are in younger americans. we looked at generation z, between 15 and 21. what we found is that each group experiences stress at a much higher rate than all the other age groups. in fact on a series of questions they rated -- more said they were stressed by events in the news like sexual assault, immigration, some of the political issues happening. host: if you want to see the full interview that took place on this program, go to c-span.org, and go to the washington journal page. you can find the complete interview. jeff from maine. caller: good morning. i am in my mid-70's.
people,alk to especially young kids about the vote, i like to point out in my lifetime in this country people have their children murdered because they wanted to vote. you talk to a lot of kids and they don't seem to understand what a privilege it is and what a responsibility it is. it is not the vote just because you vote. it is the vote that takes time to get informed about what your voting on. i hear a lot of complaints. there will be no social security when i get to be time to retire. the point is now is the time they should be on the move to make that happen and change that. it is a matter of the kids getting involved. i hope with the numbers coming across the board now, the age
limits progress and the kids will become more involved and will no longer be kids. host: you expect them to participate in a big way next week? caller: i really hope so. i absolutely do. host: when you engage with them do they automatically express a desire to participate in the process? what are you sensing when you talk with them? caller: i am from maine. people appear ten --up here ten d to be one-sided. but i see the kids as wanting to be involved. if they get out and vote, that's a different story. but i see they have interests. host: that is jeff in portland, maine, calling on the line for 50 and older. bunny off of facebook. she loves seeing our future.
facebook says when it comes to engagement and education of young voters, get to know the real facts, not propaganda from liberal college professors. facebook and our twitter feed. tom joining us from florida. caller: good morning. i wanted to comment about the ller thatt said -- ca said he will don't go because they don't have a way there. how do they get to where they buy their groceries and clothing? how do they buy diapers and formula? where do they buy the cigarettes and beer? there is time. your polling place is probably closer, even if you walked over ride a bicycle.
not voting because you can't get there is a little lame. host: do you think you will see that kind of -- that lack of motivation next week or will you see a motivation of a lot of people? caller: if it is young people, it will be the engaged. more than likely the suburban , sorry to drop the race card but white young person. i think there is a group of people that has lost hope in the system. some of that rightfully so, some of it not. it is the reality. some people just checked out. i myself have changed parties four times. that tells you something right there. i keep because my opinions on things change. host: where do you stand now? caller: i'm a registered
nonparty affiliate but that i am core -- at my core libertarian. on social issues i tend to lean democrat. we can't just line up -- we have to do something with the homeless. we can't just line up them.rables and shoot there are people in this country that are not living the american dream. just put them on the government for life but help them to live the american dream. i am not in the handout camp. let's get people out there living the american dream. ort: do you have children nieces or nephews you engage in the political conversation? caller: on a very limited basis. politics and religion are not good conversation. both of my daughters are grown.
they are college-educated. one is a health care, the other is in the service industry. , they are engaged as well. they are still young so who knows where they will go from there. host: do they share your political views? caller: i have shared them. everyone knows where i stand. host: do they agree with you? do they align with you in politics? caller: not really. my family is pretty much -- they are sticking with the two major party thing. they share some of my opinions on things but not necessarily to the extent of verbalizing them and switching parties. and tof folks believe, some extent rightfully so, to be a registered nonparty affiliate is a wasted vote. maybe. down the road we will see.
i believe more and more people are pulling away. i don't have any data to prove this, but i think more and more people are pulling away from the major parties. the fact you have aligned dedicated to nonparty affiliates, that says something right there. host: that is tom from winter haven, florida. throughout the course of the morning we have been joined by journalists from publications at colleges and universities. hoining us now is ellie bus from the university of minnesota. thank you for joining us. guest: thank you for having me. host: how would you describe the level of activity on campus leading up to next week? guest: it has been wild. there are people handing out flyers in class to get you to vote. students are really energized right now.
that thing is we want to see them show up to the polls. host: what do you think will happen as far as groups involved with the parties involved to make sure and enthusiasm turns and it people showing up? guest: we will not know until election day. i predict more students will show up. i don't know if it will be in historic numbers, although they have been pushing and volunteering in a historic way. there has been higher volunteer numbers we have reported. we are waiting to see on election day. our people allowed to go into the dorms door to door to talk about politics? guest: they are. they can door knock. they just have to register before. host: where does social media come into play when it comes to getting people to come out to vote? guest: personally i have seen a lot of ads on my social media
feed, but there has been a lot of stuff spread via facebook. a big thing on campus is holding events to get people to show up and register. they will market those events on social media. that is a good way to drop in -- draw in people. events, are they republican, democratic in nature or other groups represented? guest: that's a really good question. what we have seen on the campus is a shift in strategy. a lot of students are just trying to get the students out to vote. they are not specifically aligning with a party. they just want the students to show up and vote. host: when it comes to the people reporting on these issues, what are the motivating issues that drive students to vote? guest: great question again.
what we have heard throughout all of our reporting is students are worried about student loans, climate change and gun control. those are the things we see having immediate impact and the once students have a lot to talk about. host: what motivates this? the shootings this year or are other things motivating them? guest: exactly. with gun control it is dealing with those events. for climate change it is seeing the reports and media coverage predicting not a sustainable earth frozen the future. and for tuition, we are paying thestudent fees and seeing long-term debt buildup for us. that is another big motivating factor. host: how supportive is the university of these efforts? guest: they are really
supportive. i have not been surprised that i have been pleased with house of ported the university -- with how supportive the university of minnesota has been. students can swing through on the way to class and go vote. accommodating to the events i was talking about where students can show up and register to vote or learn about who to vote for. the university has given us space to have these events. it has been a well-rounded experience at the university of minnesota in terms of university support. host: our talking about visits by candidates were asking directly for a vote? describe what you have seen? guest: we have seen both types of events. events for students registered vote, andter to where they show up on campus. we just had someone last week from the march for life group
with a bunch of other political people running for office. we have a lot of those events where students can listen and understand what those candidates want to vote for. host: talk about the coverage you will do on election night. guest: we have been preparing for this for a while. this is our big night. we are so excited to be covering this. allave all hands on deck, 16 of our reporters will be at parties covering the candidates. we will cover in day-of elections. who did you vote for? why are you voting? we are excited to be out there covering it. host: what are you looking for on election night? guest: i will be paying attention to our senate seat. we have two of her election. what is incumbent amy ryszard, and we have 18 congressional
districts up for election. several have the potential to flip. those have been highly watched them will have national implications. that is something students have recognized. their home districts could flip and a lot of them are considering sending in absentee ballots as a result. host: you are a senior. what do you hope to do after you graduate? guest: i will stay in newspapers. i can do nothing besides reported this point in my life. i will stay in the papers and just report. host: working folks find you online? guest: mndaily.com. host: thanks a lot for your time. guest: thank you. host: williamsburg, virginia. harry is next. go-ahead. harry. this is
i think all these kids should get out and vote. is, if youlem remember when they had a big florida,in parkland, they had the big rally in d.c. and were all up in the air they were preaching on this and that. said they would not back anybody backed by the nra. yet, three or four months of rally, the president told the nra people to put their vote and the money behind the republicans. ndwant to see if these parkla people will stick up to their word and the kids will go out
up andnd back their word not vote republican. host: the march for our lives group is one of those future to subpoena and in the get out the vote effort leading up to next tuesday. they put out an ad. here it is. [video] >> nervous. >> my first time -- >> was in the back of a firehouse. >> in a church. >> everybody clapped afterwards. >> i did not know how to do it. >> there were so many options. [laughter] >> you never know what is going to be like until you do it. >> i just went and did it. i voted. >> my first time with a woman was 2016. it felt good but it ended badly. >> my parents were not allowed to do it until 1965. i do it every chance i get.
>> we have the numbers, we have the power, we can do this. >> come do it with us on november 6. >> our generation is the largest group of voters in the country. >> let our voices be heard. >> he can't vote if you don't fill up the forms and register. >> it takes like two minutes. >> i was so excited afterwards that i elected all over the place. >> vote. >> vote. >> register and vote. >> it is so hot. >> voting is so hot. host: on the topic of youth engagement, frank from seattle, washington. i think the engagement campaigns is -- this is a topic we as their
peers -- teach our children well. educated in the state of washington. , stateernor and mayor and city education has not wavered as i have been following politics as i've grown up. engaged, youuth need a gimmick. youth engagement, yes. we were educated with the constitution. we need to remind the youth of this day and age the constitution says we the people, and that word "people" has not been replaced by the word "partisanship." they need to get with secretary
and revamp our education system to remind our students that they are votes. host: this is dennis in georgia, between 25 and 49. caller: how are you doing this morning? i was a democrat. their negativity is breeding hate. i just can't stay with that party anymore. until they change their negativity there is no way they will survive. the party is dying. host: we are talking about the party of the -- talking about the youth vote. what about their participation in the election? caller: they say they will vote but they don't get out. i don't think they will show up. host: what makes you say that? caller: there is nothing the party stands for.
they have nothing but negativity and hate. host: colorado springs. this is mark on the line for 50 and older. caller: good morning. peoplecited the young are energized. i disagreed with the last caller that just stated kids are not going to come out to vote. educate the youngsters yourselves on what the parties stand for, on what the individuals stand for that you're voting for. i have learned that lesson as my dad's cousin is one of the originators who wrote the letter -- that jfk got elected for, or was able to defeat nixon. i say that because when
individuals say the democratic party is the party of hate, this is not true. i will not say the republican party is the party of hate, but the current tell of the republic of theent tone republican party has yet to become inclusive to minorities in the way it will include everyone in its agenda. please, to the young folks if you're watching this early in the morning, some of you are because i hear you calling in, understand the green party is trying to steal votes from the democratic party. just check your history. host: that is marked in colorado springs. andrew robinson on facebook says it is their future, democracy or fascism. age of voting should be at 2520 are out of the institution that hijacks youth
identity -- should be at the age of 25. ron? caller: thank you for c-span. i believe the youth vote will not materialize the way we want it to. based on the graph you showed with generation x, maybe 55%. the millennials maybe 57%. they can't come out. the sides a lot of callers talking about how they see their problems, we should look at it at a higher level. maybe at a 30,000. and not at the level of our neighborhoods -- maybe at a0,000-foot level -- maybe at 30,000 foot level and not the level of our neighborhoods. the democratic and republican parties are corrupt. we need an independent party.
we need a leader, someone to speak to america and say what are we doing. this fighting is going to destroy us. i served in bosnia and i served in kosovo. the things i saw there, i immediately thought this could easily happen in america. of ourling, the raping neighbors because of religion and hate. againstase it might be white and african-american because we are fighting over the wrong things. we don't even believe in what our pledge of allegiance stands for. host: that is ron in virginia. you are welcome to call. we have been at this for about two hours this morning. one more hour to go to get your thoughts on view think gays met in cannes -- on youth engagement
in campaign 2018. if you want to call abou issues important to you, it is (202) 748-8000 if you fall into the 18 to 24-year-old bracket. if you are 25 to 49, it is (202) 748-8001. if you are 50 and older, (202) 748-8002. maine.thisson from is tom. caller: thank you for taking my call. people hope the younger are going out to participate in this upcoming election. and i've heard some of the comments made by some ,eople saying,saying, well, thes people don't know how to
register, or they don't know how to go to the polling place or things like that. i think a lot of that is excuses . upemember when i was growing , when i was first eligible to earlyn the late 1970's, 1980's. i did not have access to the internet. i did not have a smartphone. it was tougher to figure out the process of registering. i still managed to do that. i have participated ever since. think it is much easier for a younger person to get out there and vote. maybe weomeone say should make it a national holiday. i find some credit in that. i think that is not a bad idea. if you are passionate about this upcoming election, you cannot make any excuses. you have got to get out there and make your voice count.
, understand people have lives families, obligations. i used to live in new york. i remember the polling place opened at 6:00 a.m. in the morning. that means you have to get up early on one particular morning to get to your polling place. do that. that is tom from maine. tyler is next. he is between the ages of 18 and 25. caller: i would just like to reassure everyone out there. in north carolina, i have noticed a lot more people, teenagers especially voting. all the high schoolers that are able to go to, i know the high school i went to gave all the 18-year-olds a chance to vote could i do see younger kids voting and making a change this season. host: what do you think motivates that? caller: i think it is just the
hate going on between the parties right now. a lot of people in my generation don't like seeing that hate and want to resolve it. i am on board with that. i am tired of both parties arguing back and forth when we should be working together. host: would you describe yourself as someone who highly engages in the political process? caller: yes. learningn you are about people and their positions, how do you do that? caller: i am very big on facts. i will study until i can find all the facts i can. or offend be wrong anybody. i try to find as many facts as i can and base my judgment on that. host: you talk about enthusiasm. how would you compare this to lisa happen in 2016? caller: i have seen a lot more teenagers voting this time around than in 2016. i don't know if that is because
of the hate or because of what is going on between the parties. i'm not sure. host: when it comes to specifics, talk about races you are interested in and who you will be voting for next week. caller: i am registered as unaffiliated. i agree with some on the democratic and some on the republican side. this election, i am leaning more toward the democratic side. i am tired of seeing people look down on other races and other religions and stuff like that. it is getting to a very bad point. host: who do you plan to vote for specifically? caller: probably linda coleman. host: why so? caller: i agree more so with her views. i have been doing a lot of studying. it was a very hard election for me. i could not make up my mind going into it. i started to study my facts a little bit more, and i have a
better understanding, but i won't make up my mind fully until next week. host: when it comes to linda coleman, can you give me an example of something she aligns with you as far as a position or something you find important? caller: probably just how she wants to listen more to the doing her ownthan thing. she wants more feedback from people rather than her going out and doing what she wants to do and waiting for the repercussion of it. host: before we let you go, when you educate yourself, how much does social media play into how you educate yourself in regards to politics? caller: i would say roughly 35%. i try to stay toward facts, but propaganda pops up everywhere. host: that is tyler, north carolina, calling in on that
line for 18 to 25 euros. last -- year olds. last month, we had a guest on. they joined us to talk about youth voting. during our conversation, we talked about the impact social media has as young people educate themselves on the voting process. [video clip] >> this is something my colleagues looked at, the role in social media. rap, people have got a bad undeserved i think, for slacking itivism. the relationship between young people following candidates online, signing petitions online and the relation to off-line activism like marches. social media is not necessarily
a place where going people are only doing things. there is a relationship between online and off-line. that is where people are discussing things and getting information from family and friends. i don't think we can write off social media as solely a bad place when it comes to youth engagement. to hear thatwant folk on, go to our website, c-span.org. new jersey, independent line, lorraine. caller: hi. host: you are on. go ahead. caller: ok. i hope the young people get out to vote. i think there are a lot of issues that have come up that i think will get them to the polls. children, when i talked to them, they were very engaged in 2016 for the presidential. a lot of them were turned off because of bernie sanders. they were for him.
they wanted him. they felt the whole system was rigged that he did not get a chance. what i tried to explain to them is the importance of not only voting in the presidential election for the midterms, but also the primaries. they are so important. look at what candidates are running in the primaries and get yourself out there so that your candidate might have a shot at a primary victory, and then when will be up for election. also, get involved. get these young people involved in politics. get them to run for office. we need some new blood in the system. if they like people, if they that are aligned with people, support them.
it starts at the primary election, not when the only people on the ballots are the people that won the primary. say ishat would you their interest in these midterm elections coming up versus two years ago? caller: i think they are turned off a little bit because they felt like their vote did not matter. and they loved what bernie had to say. they were very enthusiastic about that. when he did not win, they felt like the whole process was fixed. host: that is lorraine in new jersey. that harvard poll we showed you asking to young people specific questions, one isthe facts they found nearly the same number of young americans support capitalism as
they did in 2016. support for socialism today stands at 31%, three percentage points lower than 2016. democratic socialism is supported by 39% of young americans. this question was not asked in 2016. when only likely voters are pulled, we find slightly more socialismr democratic that capitalism. socialism trails both a significant margin. more is available online. lori is next from texas. go ahead. caller: good morning. my name is lori. i am 68 years old. i am a baby boomer. when we were growing up, our concern was the vietnam war. we are aging out now. there are more of you than there are of us. we have tried to do our best to leave you a good country. we have not always made good decisions. in some parts, we may have
failed. this is not about your daddy buying you a car. this is about controlling your nation and taking responsibility, being a grown-up, and doing your best to leave a good country for your children. host: do you think they are going to do that? caller: i think so. i have a step daughter who is 19. i have another daughter who is 30. partly because of the state of the nation and because of the way they were raised i think they understand the importance of voting in a primary. , they need to step up, take responsibility, take control. become mature. host: when you talk to them about the midterms, what is their level of interest in participating? my daughter who is 30 voted for the very first time in her life this year.
my 19-year-old is very engaged in politics. she is a sophomore at nc state. we are a multiracial family. these kinds of issues are very important to us and our friends. share the same political position with your daughters? caller: actually, i do. we have not tried to force them. they have looked around and take in scope of what is going on around them. they are both very intelligent. your when it comes to daughters, one of the races we look at is the texas senate that will take place next week. where do you think they stand on that? they are both strong that -- beto supporters. we encourage them to think for themselves. host: why do you think they support beto o'rourke? caller: he appeals to them.
they are waiting for the old stuff to be gone. beto embodies enthusiasm. he says i want to help. i understand. areough neither one of them marijuana smokers, they share my view that marijuana should be legalized to help cut down on drug traffic. they are very much in favor of women's right to choice, although we have had some long talks about abortion. i told them that would break my heart and hurt me deeply if they made that decision, but i want them to have the right to do it. lori in texas talking about her daughters, giving her views on youth voting overall. from twitter, this viewer says there are people that are engaged in the midterm elections that have been asleep for 20 or 30 years.
susan says the youth are going to be the ones who save this country from ashes of. these young adults get out there and vote. we need them now more than ever. your future hangs in the balance. michigan is next. good morning. caller: good morning. my family is torn between democrats and republicans. we all encourage everyone else to go. my concern with this selection as we now have one party government, and i don't think that is good for us as a people. when it comes to the youth folk, what do you think is going to happen? how engaged are they going to be? caller: it is hard for me to judge because in our family, we have always encouraged the young people to vote. we try not to tell them who to vote for.
we try to tell them why we are voting for a particular party or person. the thing we stress is they need to vote. they need to make it a habit when they get old enough to do it. host: that is pat in michigan. collegeyou saw two students join us on this program to talk about their perspectives on the midterms. part of the conversation they -- iss with a view to what they do to get their peers to vote. [video clip] guest: politics do affect us. you can see different things that will impact us directly that will not impact the older generation as much. things like education and education reform. that is a recent of come out. the yarn just released a report saying that we basically have 12 years to get our act together, or there will be irreversible effects and damage to our planet
from climate change. that affects our generation a lot more than it will affect the older generation. it is a reason to turn out. host: what is your pitch walking around campus? guest: apathy is extremely dangerous. being conservatives, we believe you have to be engaged to keep government accountable. the more engaged students are, the more leverage they have in the future of our country. your vote is your leverage. changing the legislature is the main power we have. if you don't vote, you are not using every tool you can to make change within our society. connie ins hear from rockland, wisconsin. good morning. caller: good morning. i have to comment that there are quite a few older people calling you and giving you their opinions, which is good because that comes from years of working
or living. i can tell that when you get out you start aol, and busy, so youre don't have full attention on the .ews, especially political this day and age, it is important that the young people listen more, but they get so busy wrapped up in their lives, that sometimes they put that on the back burner because it doesn't really directly affect them, they think. wiser,ey get older and but they also get involved more in what is going on around them, they start finding themselves listening to politics more, and of course, from experience, when things happen, like the tariffs were you to pay more for food
and things, then you start realizing that this was not such a good idea because there are just different things, but because they are so involved in not have a, it does full impact on them like it would older people. host: with that said, do you think next week you will see a lot of participation from young people? theer: i hope so because of fact that this is affecting their future. everything that happens affects their future. host: let's go to melvin in south dakota. you're next. good morning. caller: hello. i don't know exactly how the if you are not a liberal when you're young, you don't have a heart. if you are not a conservative when you are older, you don't have a brain.
your definitions about socialism and democratic socialism, i don't know what the parameters are for that, but those definitions are kind of what skews things it seems to me. i just have a grave concern to the youth not going into socialism because of what we see happening in venezuela and the soviet union, what happened in communist china. i worked very diligently to support and get signatures for a petition to get an independent for thee on the ballot house in south dakota this year. i had to withdraw my support for this individual because i was not able to get any answers to my questions on current events. he had steamed to have more of
an infatuation with communist china and what they're doing that i was comfortable with. host: that is melvin in south dakota. another student journalist joining us this morning, richard with the emory wheel at emory university serves as the executive editor. good morning. guest: good morning. host: can you describe what is going on on your campus in the days leading up to the midterms? guest: there are lots of student groups that are active on campus. they are working with other students, trying to get them to the polls. they are trying to rally kids together and reach out to the community through canvassing around the community. they are bringing in a lot of politicians, famous celebrities. they're trying to rally the kids and get them to vote. host: how partisan are these efforts? caller: most of --
guest: most of the students who are active are democrats. the democrats are the ones who have been bringing in politicians like congressman john lewis they brought in celebrity singer john legend. they brought in politicians like martin o'malley as well as some state representatives. a lot of the talk has been about the governor's race. guest: that is mainly with the talk is about. it is certainly a contentious race between stacey abrams and brian kemp. we have been hearing from other student journalists about how the campuses have made it easier to get access to early voting materials. has that played out on your
campus too? guest: that is absolutely right. i have seen both immigrants and republicans offering shuttle rides to and from polling locations, and the university has also been sponsoring a shuttle going back and forth. host: when it comes to the university, how have they been making this process easier for students? guest: they have been sponsoring. i have seen signs around campus encouraging students to vote, and they are advertising the shuttles. host: do you see the same level of involvement this year as you did in the 2016 presidential election? guest: it is actually much greater. i was here in 2016, and i did
not see as much. host: why do you think that is? guest: i think president trump has encouraged a lot of students to become more active, and a lot of students are upset about current politics. democrats are taking on individual things that students don't like. as a student yourself, what are the top issues motivating students to vote? host: i think the biggest debtor -- guest: i think the biggest thing is racial and civil rights here in georgia. they're talking about how they dispensed racism firsthand in georgia. they are trying to show the significance to students of what it would mean if georgia elects the first female african-american governor. host: what type of coverage has your publication done leading up to election day?
guest: we have covered all the guests that have come to campus. we covered john legend and john lewis. we have been trying to cover republicans as best we can, but they have not brought guests to campus. bryian kemp has not visited campus. host: what will your scope be on election day? guest: we will cover the governor's election and other major races. host: what are your plans after you are done with school? guest: maybe journalism. host: where can people find your publication online? guest: we have a website, emorywheel.com. host: victor joins us from maryland. hello. my name is victor. i want to comment about this
election. is as important as any election i have ever seen in my life. i would encourage everyone to .ote host: when it comes to the youth vote in particular, what are you voting for next week if you plan to vote? caller: i have already voted early. my interest is because of the fact that the division in this country is beyond something to think about. also, i love this country so much. i would like people to come out and vote and get us out of the division in this country. host: how much participation do you think you will see next week among young people? caller: i think the young people have been coming out a lot this week because i have seen them on
social media campaigning and making sure people are registered to vote. host: that is victor from maryland. this is michael scott off facebook this morning. noticed that the ones who are actively participating are more liberal, those that are participating because of their parents lean more right. -- most ofdon't care them don't care and are not voting. for those of you between the ages of 18 and 24. are 25 to8001 if you 29. -- 49. (202) 748-8002 if you are 50 and older. good morning. caller: good morning. i am 84.
i am calling you on the senior line. i wanted to say that in my household, hello? host: you are on. go ahead. caller: hello? host: you are on the air, go ahead. caller: i have two girls that just turned 18 and 20. they have been looking forward to their first ballot for three years now. i cast my first ballot in 1956. talk to your kids about economics early on. socialism, some -- communism, economics, capitalism, economics. am a democrat, but i am not democrat defined by the people who look at me and tell me i am their enemy. i don't want to be an enemy to anybody. all i'm interested in is that the next version has a better
world -- the next generation has a better world than the one i got. host: when it comes to your kids, what issues are they most interested in voting on? caller: in washington, we have a school that is going on 70 years old. leak, it the windows is cold. the roof is leaking. bond, need a 60% majority to get anything done. points inout by six the previous initiatives. this time, the kids are coming out in droves. more important than that, they are interested in what is going on as far as our leaders are concerned. i taught them, and their father taught them from an early age to
look of the good people in terms of examples of what they should be like and to also remark on the bad ones so they know what not to be like. they are watching. they hear the lies. they can tell the difference between right and wrong. they are voting for what they consider to be right. comity.t more they want more courtesy. they don't want people screaming at each other and saying you are bad because you have this label. they went to student rallies last year and said why are those people calling out usa to drown out the countervailing voice? that is not the american way. host: ok. let's hear from john in texas on our line from 25 to 49-year-olds.
caller: how are you? host: find, thank you. caller: everything is good. i was democratic. i was democratic. host: the youth vote is what we are talking about. what do you think about their participation? caller: it is wonderful. they are voting more than ever. i go to this college. i visit. i do some service. i help people with the problems. i have to say, the economic is better. the economic is good. these young people should know that what they see the economic getting better, that is what they should look at. look at the economic. compare to two years ago or the past. look what is going on. this negative and
racial and arguments. let's look at the economic please. young, old, all of us. let's stop talking too much about what is going on in this world about the violence and all that stuff. let's look at america what is going on now. host: ok. got you. let's go to robert, virginia. go ahead. caller: good morning. thank you. upset about the way things are going democratic and republican. marine andher was a then in the navy. i was the united states army infantryman. i'm disabled. my father served in the air force. i traveled all over southeast asia. europe.ed to
i have seen the worst in people and the best in people. every time i hear about immigration that people are trying to get to our borders to make their life better, well wasn't it our fault to begin with france helping them? your messagethat, to young voters as they are getting out next week? kids.: i have five -- of them host: you are listening to the television. go ahead and finish your thought. caller: i want the kids to get out and vote. the simple fact is every time i voted, i was overseas. i don't even know if my vote counted. host: do you talk to your children about politics? what is the reaction from them? caller: i got different reactions. i have one that is independent. i have two democrats.
they don't see my views. i tell them our world is going to come to a halt as we know it because of our terrible ways that we have treated. we have got to watch the scope over we do in this world. let's have more electric cars and wind energy. let's have more solar energy. host: we will leave it there. the man who runs the harvard institute that deals with you voting set this up, early voting is surging for all age groups, but young voters are searching more this time. voting share is higher than in 2014. in 60% of states, first timeshare is going up.
turnout among 18 to 29-year-olds compared to 2014 early voting is up. michigan 128%. nevada through 64%. tennessee 767%. texas is up 448%. that is from a variety of sources. you can see more of his reporting on these issues at the hill website. our newsmakers program, which airs on sunday, one of the conversations they had was the people behind, the groups behind getting people, republicans and democrats into congress. it is the democratic congressional campaign committee and republican congressional committee. they talked about the races they are looking at and particularly the impact of nancy pelosi on republican campaigns.
[video clip] >> nancy pelosi is the most popular elected official in this country. she is incredibly effective in showing people how dysfunctional these folks will be and how far left, how she will take this country back. folks remember. when you talk to people in our focus groups, they have this visceral reaction when you bring up pelosi. their body language changes. they get into a fighting posture. you see it on people that they have this reaction. i think somewhere along the way, we talked about sending vitamins over to her to make sure she stayed healthy going into the election cycle. i am confident without that that we would still figure out a different path. we considered what if she did not run again. she did. that is not what we had to deal with. >> every time donald trump does something, there is an opposite an equal reaction within the
electric. it is important to understand that. the battlefield and runs to florida, upstate new york, large as theo, as current battlefield is. our ability to get the majority in the numbers we are going to get to, there are multiple paths for us to do it. it was important for us from day one to establish a strategic part of the cycle that regardless of what donald trump did, i call it shaking the snow blow. we wanted to be in a place where we had the ability to fight to get to the majority regardless of what he did. if he took races in south carolina and west virginia and was to do something to put them away, there is an equal reaction in california that brings california 21 along. was important for us to understand that as we look at the electric as a large battlefield, it is necessary to combat is attacks. program. newsmakers
you can see those interviews tomorrow at 10:00 in the morning and 6:00 in the evening. c-span.org for more information on the program. new york state is next. virginia, good morning. caller: good morning. obamast hoping that i see was campaigning. he is not president anymore. he gave a speech, he also campaign. rome was not built in a day. i feel like anybody who did vote for trump, we are being disenfranchised. we are being disenfranchised. the people have spoken. you have got to let him finish. host: since our topic this morning is on the youth vote, what do you think about what is going on when it comes to young
people will vote in the midterm elections next week? caller: with the millennials, i hope they do their homework and look at both sides. say that theey republicans are full of hate, and it goes both ways to an extent, but if you look back and to the millennials i saw a lot of hate speech coming out of research when obama did a roast of trump before he even became president. there was a lot of hate speech there. it goes you know. every time there is a republican, they are called deplorable and this and that they say they want to kill them. thing is thattant when they doing it is ok.
kavanaugh i think was one of the most well spoken when he was crying. that wasn't because his life was threatened. host: that is virginia in new york. she mentioned president obama. president obama was at a rally yesterday. you can see leading up to that about the a video elections coming up and refuting the seven common reasons for not voting. here is president obama. [video clip] >> this year, you have a chance to change the face of politics so it looks more like your own. you remember those hearings where members of congress were asking mark zuckerberg questions like they never used the internet before? that's because they haven't. here is your chance to vote for
people who actually know what the internet is. my vote doesn't matter. the last president election turned on here than 100,000 votes in three states. more people go to coachella. it comes to something like dancing with the stars, people actually think their vote matters, but a vote in this november election actually does matter because elected people make our criminal justice system fair and your student loans easier to afford. you would not let your grandparents take your playlist? why would you let them take your representative who is going to future?e your host: that is president barack obama. host:president trump has held a series of rallies in order to get out the vote, particularly for republicans. he continues that tonight in 7:30 this florida at evening. you can see that on c-span,
c-span.org. there is a rally this evening with senator kamala harris and comedian chelsea handler in orange county, california. if you want more information on where you can see that, go to our website. casey from maryland is next. good morning. caller: good morning. how are you? host: fine, thank you. have two millennials. they are definitely active and conscious of the issues. one of them is absentee voting because she is in college out of town. another one is in town. she always voted. there is not as much engagement had last yearou
because it was a presidential election. there seems to be a lot more engagement this year compared to other midterm elections. i wish c-span1 spend some time talking about voter suppression -- c-span would spend some time talking about voter suppression. an independent. it is obvious to see that the republicans are doing. the secretary of state in georgia who is running for governor. how can you be in charge of the elections and be the candidate of the election? he was talking about how we need to make sure all these kids being registered don't go out and vote. he said that. it is his responsibility to get as many citizens to vote as
possible. he is talking on tape, specifically mentioned minority voters, but also the youth voters. that is the reality. the demographic of old white men is diminishing. casey in maryland. election day is not until tuesday. you can make your plans to join us for election night results. you will see results in house, senate, and governor races. you will get the chance to see victory and concession speeches. c-span is where you can see this starting at 8:00 next tuesday. also c-span.org and our radio app. kansas is next, joined by rick. caller: can you hear me? host: you are on. the head. sons, 37 have three
38, and 39. i heard some of the young people being involved don't care, i don't think that is true. i think young people are very connected. my sons are. opinions, they are very disappointed if not angry about what they see from our government and politics and the mood of the country in general. they are disappointed because they don't really see the future. they don't believe they are going to have any kind of retirement or social nats. they will be expected -- nets. they will be expected to pay for them. they believe their government is corrupt by lobbyists and the money writes the rules. who has the gold makes the rules. it is not very fair to them. they are active. they vote.
they are very disappointed in the way things are. kansas givingin us his thoughts on youth voting issues. you have heard several of our student journalists talking about gun violence being an animating force in the elections coming up next week. joining us on skype is matt with the organization march for our lives. good morning. guest: glad to be here. host: remind people what march for our lives is. guest: it is a movement that came out of the park when shooting in february where a trying to save lives in this country. host: are you a part of student yourself? caller: no. i am from maryland. we are engaging students all across the country like marilyn,
baltimore, chicago, texas, houston. host: when it comes to next week's midterm elections, what is your organization doing, and what are you trying to deliver? guest: for the past six weeks, we have been engaged in a turnout tuesday initiative. we issue a call to action to our chapters around the country. they knock on doors. they draw voting reminders around college campuses. we are trying not to just get out the vote but change the culture around voting. we will be successful if we can make voting will. cool.e been -- theave been touring country, giving college students toe to early voting -- rides early voting locations.
host: is this all done under the umbrella of gun violence? gun violence and taking back our government. for too long, our government has interests ased our young people. we are engaged in restoring our democracy. host: as far as the message you are trying to deliver with the idea of guns, what is march for our lives looking for? guest: we're looking for 10 specific policy points. before we think about supporting a person, one to ensure sure they support our policies, funding gun violence research, eliminating restrictions on the ban,and assault weapons funding for violence intervention programs from extreme risk protection orders, and signing domestic abusers, limits on gun trafficking, safe storage, mandatory theft reporting. absent from that list is
anything about the second amendment or taking guns away. the most commonly accepted lie in american politics is that you have to either be for sensible gun laws or the second amendment. it is a false choice. we are telling people you can own a handgun and still wants universal background checks. you can love hunting and still want guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. you can believe in the constitutional right to protect your family. i do. i still believe a weapon that can kill 17 people in five and a half minutes has no place in this country. we are changing the conventional was them. host: you say the people you support have to meet these kind of lists, so does that mean you are advocating for certain candidates in this cycle? no.t: we believe in policy, not people.
march for life's not engaged in endorsing politicians. we want to make sure they support our policies. issueis this a partisan as far as the people you reach out to? guest: absolutely not. in texas, there were counterprotesters across the street waving republican flacks, and we talked to them and came to common ground. once you strip away the falsehoods about our side in their side and get past this lie that we want to abolish the second amendment, there is a lot of common ground. 97% of people support universal background checks. that is not a partisan issue. it is a moral one. it is one that the vast majority of the country regardless of your party affiliation is with us on this.
it is about creating a congress that is with the people. host: the people involved directly with march for our lives, howit is about creating s that is many would you say are bipartisan in nature, meaning republicans and democrats involved? guest: what is amazing about this movement is we don't ask. we see people not for the caller of their party but as people. host: leading up to election day, what is remaining before next tuesday? guest: you will see more activity across the country, continuing to engage with college campuses, ramping up social media advertising, and reaching out to people who are typically not reached out to. host: what is the atmosphere light on yale's campus? guest: i have harassed lots of people to sending in their absentee ballots. i think all of my peers felt the same. there were not many people who we asked who said no.
people are engaged and fired up and ready to take our government back. us to talkew joins about march for our lives in their efforts leading up to election day next week. thank you for your time. guest: thank you. host: youth engagement in campaign 2018 is the topic. (202) 748-8000 for those of you 18 to 24-year-old. older, (202) and 748-8002. nevada next, ebony. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. i am a grad student. i am here in reno, nevada. i want to point out a couple of asngs that we are engaged in millennials. a lot of people that are older assume you're not interested.
gun violence is a huge thing. another thing is the student loan crisis. that bubble will burst. we are going to need to move the economy. i like to see more politicians address that. the issue we keep hearing is fear. millennials to pay attention. i'm not afraid of caravans. i'm afraid of tiki torches. thank you. go, talk about, you said you were a grad student. caller: yes, university of nevada. host: what is the climate when it comes to the midterms in the activity on campus because of midterms? caller: we have a lot of students that are putting on shirts. a lot of students have pre-existing conditions. they have been talking about jacky rosen and how her name is lawsuits thatthe were signed by dean heller to
take away health care protections for people in the state of nevada. dean heller is being dishonest. they are supporting taking away pre-existing conditions. also, we live in a gun carry state. that bothers students as well because at any moment in time we could have someone unstable, on campus and do something. has it been bipartisan in nature as far as this activity on campus? caller: yes. we have several great republican groups. i am not anti-republican. they have been very supportive of the second amendment and pushing dean heller's idea of pushing supposedly free enterprise. that is all coming down to the health care debate, where the democrats are trying to push it. it is going back-and-forth between second amendment and health care. i go back to looking at the core
documents that show which republican representatives are signing documents that show they are trying to get rid of pre-existing conditions. it is going back to the paperwork not just the negative campaigning that is on tv every day. it is on youtube. it is on your feet on twitter and facebook. already?e you voted caller: i participated in absentee voting. getting all those advertisements in the mail is driving me crazy. i have already made my decision. i have read every initiative. i have done everything i am supposed to do. i major my spouse loaded as well. please go and vote. , are you you a nevadan native of the state? caller: i am a california resident.
i moved to alabama to go to college. then i migrated to nevada. host: thank you for giving us your perspective. racine is next from indiana. hello. caller: hello. my name is racine. i am 33 years old. i am an educator. last month that i was visiting a first grade classroom. they had a plan drill. growing up in the 90's, i am used to fire drills and tornado drills. the lights went off, they went to the corner of them, into closets and under desks. they were all silent. it was a scary moment for me as an adult knowing the drill was coming. i think that fear factor we have been talking about is getting into their brains as the children are growing up. , justds that are younger
about to be voting age, they don't really care about politics, the economy. they don't have a job. they don't know what the meaning of an hour means until they start working, until the government takes money that they earned. then they will start looking at those things. in the meantime, they may feel the difference of what it is like to live in a safe world and not a safe world if they are at school. that this newer generation more than any other generation because they see it on the news and in their own what isms, that will be in their brains as they are evolving in learning what this world of politics is. host: surely is in arkansas. go ahead. shirley, good morning, go ahead. caller: hello?
host: you are on. go ahead. caller: i cannot wait until tomorrow to go vote. are you there? host: you are on. go ahead. caller: i have seen all this hate speech going on. it is really scary to me. i saw a book report. if you could show that today or tomorrow, it would help people so much. reporter, seymour hersh. he talked about life in journalism. he said all this stuff about our president was started by the cia, mr. brennan and the fbi. i seen mr. brennan stood up there and said things terrible about president trump. . saw the documentary
host: ok. this is edward in new jersey. go ahead. caller: my message to the youth would be to reject military socialism and the policies that escalate towards world war iii. politicians ramping up. it is just not good. infrastructure and welfare over manufactured fear. we need something better. host: if people are going to vote, if a young person is going to vote, who should they vote for? caller: it is unfortunate because both parties have been guilty of stoking these policies. i would like to say go with the democrats for disruption this year, but we will need to start thinking of third parties. as far as next week, are
you planning to vote? caller: i am going to vote. i'm not happy about going a straight line ticket, but i cannot see anything republicans have to offer. we have so many things coming out every other week. for the president to get up there in constantly stokes these ideas of fear of the other, and we have people that can make technology to suck carbon out of there and make it into fuel. two years he has not had one speech to say i'm here to back these policies and these technologies and let's make a better future for the world. host: are you saying that the people you're going to vote for next week are in line with the positions you are for? caller: i hope so. the democrats have a lot of rhetoric about wages and the environment and health care. i cannot see -- these things
have been a problem for 80 years. these democrats have been in office. i am going to vote democratic, and hopefully their rhetoric lines up with their action. host: that is edward in new jersey. with so many senate races and house races, a lot of them happening across the u.s., natalie new jersey, other areas, you can keep up with what is going on in our campaign 2018 coverage on election night. it starts tuesday at 8:00. we will show you information from the house, senate, and governors races. you victory and concession speeches. you victory and concession speeches. that program starts at 8:00. if you want to see where candidates stand on the issues, we have taken in close to 100 debates over the course of the last --
couple of weeks all across the united states. looking at youth engagement. another program comes your way >> campaign advisers talk about polarization in politics. c-span is your primary source for campaign 2018. >> former governor arnold schwarzenegger sat down with former campaign advisers steve schmidt and davi