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AU Forum: Young people say U.S. needs a third party, study finds

Apropos of President Obama's MTV town hall for young people Thursday, American University hosted "The American Forum: Is your vote up for grabs?" on Oct. 6. The event, featuring Democratic strategist Karen Finney and Republican strategist Kevin Madden, focused on the role of young voters in the 2010 midterm elections.

A couple of interesting moments emerged. First, in a very unscientific poll, when the audience was asked to clap if the media was working with Obama or working to tear him down, virtually all voted with their hands for "tearing him down." Second, moderator Jane Hall discussed an analysis of poll data by an AU class that found that two-thirds of voters ages 18 to 29 say the country needs a third party to compete with Republicans and Democrats.

Here's a highlight reel from the event:

You can download a podcast of the full event here.

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Posted by: FireWashington | October 15, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't there a national "Pool" to match seniors or Disabled Americans with unemployed or other SSA recipients so that:
A. They can combine incomes and survive
B. They can contribute and avoid foreclosures
C. WE can assist others (or each other) with friendship, companionship, and medical needs.
There are literally MILLIONS of Americans that struggle to live alone on SSA. Many are leasing apartments, small homes, or living with relatives with no time or similar interests, desire, or NEEDS to house and care for a retired or disabled relative or friend. Those SSA recipients could join someone in similar circumstances and vastly improve their finances and quality of life. Why doesn't a government agency or private business exist to make this happen??? The feds would subsidize it and save a fortune and it would employee thousands of now unemployed Americans. I don't have the skills to create it but I could damned sure assist it. Anyone out there need a job and a new life doing something worthwhile for America?

Posted by: FireWashington | October 15, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't there a national "Pool" to match seniors or Disabled Americans with unemployed or other SSA recipients so that:
A. They can combine incomes and survive
B. They can contribute and avoid foreclosures
C. WE can assist others (or each other) with friendship, companionship, and medical needs.
There are literally MILLIONS of Americans that struggle to live alone on SSA. Many are leasing apartments, small homes, or living with relatives with no time or similar interests, desire, or NEEDS to house and care for a retired or disabled relative or friend. Those SSA recipients could join someone in similar circumstances and vastly improve their finances and quality of life. Why doesn't a government agency or private business exist to make this happen??? The feds would subsidize it and save a fortune and it would employee thousands of now unemployed Americans. I don't have the skills to create it but I could damned sure assist it. Anyone out there need a job and a new life doing something worthwhile for America?

Posted by: FireWashington | October 15, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

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