AMES, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama is looking to tap into the enthusiasm that sent millions of young people out campaigning for him and voting for him four years ago.
He told students at Iowa State University today that they and their fellow students hold the power to determine the outcome of the November election.
Obama said, "Your vote matters." He told about 6,000 students, "Change was possible because of you and now we've got more work to do." He said students have a lot at stake in November -- describing Mitt Romney as a candidate without a plan to move the country forward.
But rival Mitt Romney's campaign responds that Obama has left young people facing "higher unemployment, mounting debt, rising costs and fewer opportunities." The Romney campaign sees an opportunity to cut into Obama's support among young people by focusing on those issues.
Polls show Obama leading Romney among college-age voters.
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APPHOTO IAPM116: President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at Iowa State University, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (28 Aug 2012)
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