Election 2012: Hofstra Presidential Debate Preview

 Hofstra Debate Photo
Karl Rove (right) says that this election will have major implications
on the future of the  economy and healthcare system. (Photo by Joanna Sapienza) 

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By Joanna Sapienza
Long Island Report
@lireport | @hofstrau

Posted: Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

Backstage after the Signature Event at Hofstra University, political opponents Karl Rove and Robert Gibbs urged young people to participate in this year’s election.

“You’re going to be affected by this whether you like it or not,” said Rove, former deputy chief of staff under the George W. Bush administration.

“Whether you get a job, whether you’re able to start your career, whether you’re able to go to graduate school, whether you’re able to shoulder the debt that is being left for you in the years ahead is all going to be determined by this election – so get involved.”

Gibbs, senior campaign manager to President Obama, focused primarily on promoting the effectiveness of the current administration.

“It’s taken an enormous amount of time to dig out of what we walked into,” Gibbs said. “We’re not where we want to be. Have we made progress? Yes.”

Consequences of apathy

Rove reviewed with Hofstra students the consequences of apathy in the upcoming debate.

“Over half of all college graduates are being forced to move back in home with their parents at least temporarily and the delay that started their recruiters not in their chosen field but whatever is possible to put money on the table.”

Rove took the Obama administration to task, accusing them of saddling younger voters with the costs of the health care overhaul.

“Young people are already paying the consequences of economic policies that are generating only anemic economic growth,” he said.

“You’ll be under a new regime once you leave your parents insurance policy at the age of 26. There’s a thing called community rating which means younger, healthier people in the job force will pay higher premiums for their health insurance in order to subsidize, to keep down the payments, for older, less healthy people.”

Meanwhile, Gibbs emphasized that supporting Obama would help create a promising future for today’s young voters.

“We’ve actually created more jobs in this recovery than coming out of the 2001 recession,” said Gibbs. “It’s just that the hole was about three times deeper.”

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