MHP   |  October 27, 2012

Obama sits down with MTV to capture youth vote

President Obama sat down in an interview on Friday with MTV where he spoke directly to the Millennial generation that helped him get elected in 2008. Will Obama be able to reclaim the youth vote? Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists discuss.

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>>> i hope every young person that is listening, don't believe this idea your vote doesn't matter. in 2000 in gore verses bush, 537 votes changed the direction of the country in a profound way. the same thing could happen here.

>> that was president obama at the conclusion of his live interview yesterday with mtv speaking directly to the millennial generation voters who i've been discussing with my guests. the president is a professor in a certain way. here you are on campus. when he does his profess sorrell thing, is that a connecting of points?

>> absolutely. that's what we're hearing from our students. this isn't a talking points generation. when any politician does the talking about that, when the president expects them by explaining policies in that profess sorrell manner.

>> we were talking about the mtv town hall that occurred just before the president sort of makes his appeal. you were saying to me, i don't know. i didn't feel like his responses felt professorial.

>> i felt like young people like being spoken to as though we're an intelligent block and we don't like being talked down to in a con sending way. the medium of that forum, he didn't go necessarily to where young people live which ten hours a day is the amount of time young people spend online. he was in i think the east room , oval office , laid out in a chair while the students asking him questions remotely pre vetted by mtv . it didn't seem natural. he also felt as though he was detached from the whole process. that's just optic cli speaking. substantively speaking on issues to the biggest question on jobs, he went through his five-point plan, started with manufacturing which is not the number one growing field where young people want to work. if you look at where young people want to work, it's health and wellness, health care , i.t., education technology fields. tailor his talking points .

>> when young people look at the choices they have to make, are they going to show up for president obama ?

>> i'm anxious. i stay up at night wondering what will happen in the next four years, wondering if my generation will show up. we need context here. this generation was a generation that came of age in the shadow of catastrophe. 9/11, darfur, katrina, two wars in afghanistan and iraq, economic b instability, in the 2008 election, president obama captured our diversity in his being and his breath and organizing for many of us for him, felt like a social movement . it felt like ushering in a new era of our history. strategist martial gantz talks about how there was no concerted effort to keep the base mobilized, to make that grassroots movement continue to feel like a movement. four years later it's no surprise the president is not distancesed, is not removed. the new question will be whether millennial will equate their political disillusionment with the idea that their vote doesn't matter.

>> it absolutely does. we'll talk more about how votes matter as soon as we get back. we've got more on this week in voter suppression .