Obama renews push with young voters as polls suggest support softening
August 28th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Obama renews push with young voters as polls suggest support softening

Fort Collins, Colorado (CNN) – Kicking off a three-state tour of college towns on Tuesday, even as Republicans hold their convention, President Obama told students in Iowa that his rivals are actively trying to keep young voters home come Election Day.

“Last week my opponent's campaign went so far as to write you off as a lost generation. That's you, according to them,” Obama told a crowd that numbered 6,000 at Iowa State, his first of two stops Tuesday. “What they hope is that by telling you these things you'll get discouraged and you'll just stay home this time. But you can't - you can't believe it”

The push for younger voters has become a key strategy of the Obama campaign, which overwhelmingly won those under the age of 30 in 2008 by a margin of 66-32 percent, according to exit polling.
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Topics: 2012 Election
Obama on Tropical Storm Isaac: "Now is not the time to tempt fate"
President Obama walks into the Diplomatic Room to deliver a statement on Hurricane Isaac.
August 28th, 2012
11:12 AM ET

Obama on Tropical Storm Isaac: "Now is not the time to tempt fate"

President Obama delivered a statement from the Diplomatic Room of the White House Tuesday morning, warning residents of the Gulf Coast to "listen to your local officials and follow their directions" in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac to make landfall Tuesday evening. On Monday, the president signed a disaster declaration for the state of Louisiana, ensuring that avenues of federal funding and support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were open.

"We’re dealing with a big storm and there could be significant flooding and other damage across a large area," the president said. "Now is not the time to tempt fate. Now is not the time to dismiss official warnings. You need to take this seriously."

Here are the president's full remarks: FULL POST


Topics: FEMA • Hurricane • President Obama
POTUS Day Ahead: Obama College tour
August 28th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

POTUS Day Ahead: Obama College tour

President Obama begins a two-day college tour today with stops at Iowa State University and Colorado State University. On Wednesday the president will visit Charlottesville, VA home to University of Virginia. The White House is careful to emphasize that the president is staying up to date on all the latest preparations for Hurricane Isaac during his travels, but his trip will go on as scheduled despite expectations that the storm should hit land sometime today. The president will depart from the South Lawn around 10 AM, and Press Secretary Jay Carney is set to gaggle with reporters aboard Air Force One.

UPDATE: The White House has added an event this morning. President Obama will deliver a statement on Hurricane Isaac to pooled press in the Diplomatic Room at 10 AM, just before departing the South Lawn for his trip to Iowa.

Here's the schedule as released by the White House: FULL POST