How Students Can Make a Difference in the 2008 Election
New York City, NY (PRWEB) October 23, 2008
"Great elections only come around every so often. And 2008 is absolutely one of the great American presidential elections in all of our history."
So says Professor Larry Sabato, one of Pearson' s best-selling authors and star of a new video, "How Students Can Make a Difference in the 2008 Elections." The video, available at http://www.youtube.com/pearson4students, speaks directly to college students, encouraging them to be active participants in democracy during this historic election year.
Professor Sabato, the director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia and the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics at UVA, is one of America's leading authorities on the constitution and political issues. He calls the 2008 presidential election a "turning point" in American history.
"We have the first African-American candidate for president. We have the first Republican woman candidate for vice president. We very nearly had the first candidate of either party for President who was a woman, Hillary Clinton. All of this in a single year.
"The 2008 election has probably enabled America to turn a page. It will be very unlikely in the future to ever find four candidates for national office, the candidates for President and Vice-President of the two major parties, being white male again. We're headed toward a more diverse society. This election is an indicator of that diversity."
Professor Sabato, co-author of Pearson's American Government: Continuity and Change, and the editor of The Sixth Year Itch: The Rise and Fall of the George W. Bush Presidency, calls on young people to get involved in the electoral process, whether it's volunteering to spend a few hours going door to door for a candidate, making phone calls or stuffing envelopes.
"There are more opportunities than there have ever been for young people to get involved. Whatever you can do, just to be around the system, to be around the process," he says.
"I think there's a very good chance that young people are going to turn out in record numbers on November 4. And of course, you can make a difference by getting your friends… to turn out too," Professor Sabato says.
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