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Why Won’t Obama Pitch His Economic Plan to Adults?

One of the less talked about parts of President Obama’s big deficit speech last week was the location he held it at. The choice to make the address to a mostly-student crowd at George Washington University was noteworthy – and not just because younger Americans are more likely to support Obama. Young people (especially students) are also less likely to pay taxes and less likely to worry about their economic future.

That makes them a much friendlier audience for the president’s deficit plan. And so Obama kicked off his debt-proposal tour earlier today at Northern Virginia Community College. According to CNN, the town hall-style meeting “brought few challenging questions from a mostly student audience that cheered Obama and applauded his major policy statements.”

The two other stops on his tour will be Facebook town halls in Reno and Palo Alto. Both will stream online, and only take questions from the social network’s users – an overwhelmingly college-aged demographic.

According to today’s Washington Post/ABC News poll, 57 percent of Americans now disapprove of Obama’s performance on the economy, tying his highest negative rating on the issue. His poor showing on economic issues has also driven his approval rating down to a near-record low of 47 percent.

The takeaway is that Americans just aren’t buying Obama’s fiscal plan. And apparently the White House thinks college students will be easier customers.


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