C-SPAN Hits the Road

1 decade 9 months 5 days ago Monday, September 17 2007 Sep 17, 2007 Monday, September 17, 2007 7:08:48 AM CDT September 17, 2007 in News

The C-SPAN campaign bus is touring the country.

The bus stopped at Lincoln University on Friday to promote the network and get young people excited about the upcoming 2008 Presidential election.

Executives at C-SPAN realize that youth are starting to pay attention to politics more and more.

"Young people, even as young as six graders, seem to know some of the bigger names of people that are running, so it seems like they're interested and hopefully that will result in more people that are old enough getting out to the voting booths," said C-SPAN Marketing Director Vanessa Bailey.

Visiting schools and universities is a significant part of the "Road to the White House" tour. The bus will roll on to Des Moines, Iowa, then on to many more cities across the nation, in order to educate and inspire the youth to vote in the upcoming '08 election.

With higher youth voter turnouts in the 2004 election, politicians realized how important it is to reach this demographic.

Students are also beginning to recognize the impact of their voice.

"At any age you can make a difference. It's never too late to make a difference in your life," said Lincoln University Student Larry Newby.

C-SPAN spent over a million dollars to fund the bus and will continue the campaign right up to Election Day.

According to a University of Maryland Study:

-In 2004, nationally 47 percent of youth (18-24) voted
-In the same election, 53 percent of Missouri young people (18-24) voted
-Between the 2000 and 2004 election, the number of youth voters went up 22 percent

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