Obama renews push with young voters as polls suggest support softening.
Mitt Romney officially clinched the GOP presidential nomination, then watched his wife deliver a political broadside with a personal touch at the Republican National Convention that seeks to portray the multimillionaire former businessman as a champion of working-class Americans who struggle under the policies of President Barack Obama, CNN informs.The storm-delayed convention continues Wednesday with Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice taking the stage to make their case for why the GOP ticket can do better if elected in November.Tuesday’s first full day of proceedings came as Hurricane Isaac churned across the Gulf of Mexico and slammed into the Louisiana coast, raising concerns among Republican organizers that the convention crucial for defining Romney to the American people would get overshadowed by a dangerous storm on the eve of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating landfall. Determined to proceed, GOP officials expressed their best wishes for people in the path of the storm and pushed ahead with the convention agenda designed to frame the election as a referendum on Obama’s presidency while attempting to turn Romney’s biggest political vulnerabilities into campaign advantages.To roaring cheers in the packed Tampa Bay Times Forum, the delegation from New Jersey put Romney above the 1,144-delegate threshold needed to claim final victory after a rugged Republican primary campaign that saw momentum swings nearly every week and bitter attacks by GOP colleagues.The 2,200-plus convention delegates also approved a conservative platform that called for less government, opposed same-sex marriage and endorsed a “human life amendment” to ban abortion with no specific exceptions for cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is threatened. On Tuesday, speeches accused Obama of failed leadership and undermining the American dream, with speaker after speaker emphasizing their own humble beginnings as descendants of immigrants who worked hard to achieve success for their families and never expected government help or handouts.
Democrats focus on youngsters
Kicking off a three-state tour of college towns on Tuesday, even as Republicans hold their convention, President Obama told students in Iowa that his rivals are actively trying to keep young voters home come Election Day.The push for younger voters has become a key strategy of the Obama campaign, which overwhelmingly won those under the age of 30 in 2008 by a margin of 66-32 percent, according to exit polling.While the president continues to garner a strong advantage in the demographic, there are signs it is weakening. A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll of registered voters suggests the president currently holds a 56-37 percent lead among those between the ages of 18-29. Moreover the campaign acknowledges it is going to be difficult to match the intensity of four years ago when voters under 30 made up 18 percent of the electorate – among the highest presidential turnout of that demographic in modern history. The two-day swing is largely intended to steal some of the media spotlight away from the Republican National Convention, which kicked off Tuesday. In his remarks in Iowa, the president said he expects the event to be a “pretty entertaining show.”