Pres. Obama Answers 5 Top Questions From Young Americans in The Presidential Youth Debate

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Gov. Romney is first in 16-Year to decline.

The Presidential Youth Debate (, a nonpartisan youth civic-engagement program that’s featured the participation of every major presidential candidate since 1996, will air exclusive online video of President Obama answering the questions young Americans say matter most, including unique concerns on higher education, jobs and the economy, and deficit reduction.

In June both President Obama and Gov. Romney were invited in the hope they would both take this opportunity to address millions of young people about the issues that are most important to them. Unfortunately, despite our efforts over a four-month period, Gov. Romney declined participation. He is the first and only candidate in our 16-year history to decide not to answer the questions young Americans chose as most important through the Presidential Youth Debate.

"We support the Presidential Youth Debate and their efforts to share the candidates stances on the issues most important to young Americans," Heather Smith, President, Rock the Vote.

With help from one of the largest-ever assemblies of organizations that care about the future of America's youth, including Rock The Vote, YWCA, American Library Association's YALSA, NASCAR Foundation, Harvard University's Institute of Politics, Tufts University's CIRCLE, Generation Opportunity, United States Student Association, and many others, The Presidential Youth Debate launched Oct. 8th, receiving questions and votes from 10-35 year olds nationwide through Oct. 9th, and then submitted the top questions to both candidates, including one question on character from 10-17 year-old "Future Voters" that received the second most votes overall: "What contribution would you most like to make to the world before you would leave the office of President?"

Using the participation criteria set forth by The Appleseed Citizens' Task Force for Fair Debates, The Presidential Youth Debate works to get young Americans the answers they need to vote for the future they want. Founded by Anthony Tedesco with participation from President Clinton and Senator Dole, The Presidential Youth Debate is a nonpartisan, youth civic-engagement and voter education program that’s provided an online forum between young Americans and every major presidential candidate since 1996 - who've all participated to answer the questions young Americans have submitted and chosen as most important. 2008′s Presidential Youth Debate reached 25 million young Americans and 100 million people of all ages through programming syndication. See for the 2012 Presidential Youth Debate, and for archives of the 2004 and 2008 debates.

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-- Last Look: Obama answers top 5 questions of young Americans in Presidential Youth Debate.

For press inquiries contact Anthony Tedesco, founder and producer of The Presidential Youth Debates / 917-282-9357 /anthony (at) youthdebate2012 (dot) org

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