Romney Says College-Aged Voters Helped Obama Win Election

By Catherine Groux
Posted November 16, 2012 01:00 PM

Romney said young, college-aged voters helped Obama win election.
Romney said young, college-aged voters helped Obama win election.
In a conference call with fundraisers and donors, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he feels he lost the election to Barack Obama partially because of the "gifts" Obama gave to young voters, The New York Times reports. For example, Romney said Obama offered forgiveness of college loan interest, as well as the prospect of a federal Dream Act for young illegal immigrants.

"With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift," Romney said, as quoted by the Times. "Free contraceptives were very big with young, college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008."

Pre-election numbers drew similar conclusions, indicating that many young, college-aged students planned to support Obama, partially due to his plans to make higher education more accessible and affordable. In October, The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) polled more than 1,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 29. They found that of those young adults who were "extremely likely to vote," 52.1% planned to support Obama, while only 35.1% said they would vote for Romney.

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