Both Republicans and Democrats reaching out to young voters

CREATED Sep 6, 2012

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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- There is something you may have noticed if you have watched either the Republican or Democratic national conventions. Politicians are reaching out to young people.

Young voters turned out in huge numbers in 2008 and helped get President Obama elected.

But, they don't seem as enthused during this election and that is a trend that bother parties are paying attention to.

Last week, Paul Ryan told college graduates that they shouldn't have to live in their childhood bedrooms in their 20s. He said President Obama failed in his promises to them.

But, earlier this week, Michelle Obama said it was just the opposite. She said that the president has increased student aid and kept interest rates down and will continue to do so.

The head of "Rock the Vote" admits that turnout of young voters dropped in the 2010 midterms and there is still uncertainty heading into this election. But, she believes as students start this new school year, activism will increase.

She says the issues that students are talking about the most are jobs, the economy and student loan debt.