‘Top Line’ Book Corner: 14-Year-Old Jonathan Krohn’s ‘Defining Conservatism’

By Jonathan Blakely

Feb 15, 2010 3:13pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Then 13-year-old Jonathan Krohn was a breakout star of last year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, touting a self-published book and a compelling new message to conservative activists on the lookout for a fresh generation of stars. Krohn, now 14 going on 15, is back in Washington this week for year’s CPAC gathering — this time with a professionally published book: "Defining Conservatism: The Principles That Will Bring Our Country Back.” We chatted with him on ABC’s “Top Line” today about how different the landscape looks just since last year:
“I think that the conservative movement today — yes, it has a much bigger, much greater grasp on America and a much greater ability to influence American politics than it would have a year ago,” Krohn told us. Krohn himself notwithstanding, the GOP has struggled to connect with young people in recent years: “There aren’t that many people that are doing that right now in the Republican Party. And I’m not denying that. I think the Republican Party right now needs to be able to find people that can connect to people at any – people of all ages.” Krohn sees hopeful signs in the success of Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass.: “He’s a fresh face, he’s a younger guy, and I think he’s able to connect to young people because he has that kind of charisma. And he used Twitter and Facebook all the time to get people involved in his campaign.” Though Krohn won’t be old enough to vote in 2012, he does have a favorite in the early presidential game: “I would like to see Mitch Daniels of Indiana,” he said. “Because I think that he has the ability to appeal to a lot of people. But, he still has the conservative values that a lot of Republicans at the base are looking for.” Watch the full discussion with Jonathan Krohn HERE.

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