The Straits Times
Published on Sep 03, 2012

Young Democrats try to rekindle 2008 fire


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AFP) - Young Democrats hailed Barack Obama's record on Sunday ahead of the party's convention, vowing the president will again galvanise young voters despite the bleak economic backdrop.

"President Obama has been extremely committed to young people since the first day that he took office," Mr Rod Snyder, head of the Young Democrats of America, said in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the three-day convention will officially kick off on Tuesday.

Praising the president for extending college grants, Mr Snyder said that under Obama's health care reform, young people can stay on their parent's medical insurance plan until aged 26.

"One of the top issues in 2008 was the war in Iraq. That's one of the reasons why many young people supported Mr Obama from the beginning. He brought that war to a responsible end," he added.