President Obama held a conference call today for college and university student journalists that was part lecture, part pep talk as he urged young voters to reengage.
"You can't sit it out," he said during the call. "You can't suddenly just check in once every 10 years or so — on an exciting presidential election — and then not pay attention during big midterm elections, where we've got a real big choice between Democrats and Republicans."
As the president heads to Madison, Wis., Tuesday to kick off a series of Democratic rallies, he hopes to recreate some of his 2008 campaign magic among youth. But in the most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, 55 percent of voters 18-29 said they were "absolutely certain" to vote this fall. That's compared to 78 percent among 50- to 64-year-olds and 77 percent of those 65 and older.
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– Jake Tapper