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Medford DNC Delegate Sees Energy for Obama

Elaine Almquist, 28, says young voters still motivated by President's message.

CHARLOTTE — The oldest delegate at this week's Democratic National Convention was born in 1914, and the youngest is just 17 years old.

So while 28-year-old Elaine Almquist of Medford is not the youngest delegate casting a vote to nominate President Obama this week, she is part of the generation of young voters who elected the Democrat in 2008.

And Almquist thinks her generation remains upbeat about Obama despite the sour economy.

"I know there is a lot of talk out there about the lack of enthusiasm among young people, but I don't know where that's coming from," Almquist said. "I'm really excited to re-elect our President."

Democrats begin their convention in North Carolina today. President Obama is set to accept the nomination Thursday evening before an estimated crowd of 70,000 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

John C. September 05, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I disagree with her. There is a definate drop off in energy amony young people which may even result in a lower voters turnout among younger voters. She misses the fact that our economy is actually in a decline under this President leaving many younger and older people competing for the same fewer jobs. There is less industry and less investment.
jay f September 05, 2012 at 01:49 PM
What is she talking about? Dillusional????
stevieB September 05, 2012 at 03:00 PM
God help us if we get 4 more years of this lying, corrupt, incompetent, petulent little man.
linda oxman September 05, 2012 at 05:11 PM
i am for obama all the way and biden to
Shannon September 06, 2012 at 12:40 AM
She will regret if this man gets re-elected
Matt F. September 06, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Elaine! So proud of you and Obama!
Andrew Equality Benvenuti September 07, 2012 at 02:13 PM
She's from MA. She has seen first hand how Mitt Romney doesn't know how to lead. And every person who has posted on this board will pay more in taxes 100% guaranteed under Mitt Romney. Unless of course you make more than $250,000 a year
John C. September 07, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Yeah she is from Mass and so am I and others who have posted here with a differant view and a differant idea as to what is in our future with four more years of a President who happens to represent my party, but is doing very little to represent our ideas of what to focus on in America. We would be all naive to think that all us working people regardless of income will not paying a huge debt to pay for Obama's health plan among other ideas, such as his ideas on energy. Other than that it's a great honor for her to be a delegate at her age and I respect it.
John C. September 07, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Besides my other comments I would like to add that it was a great embarasment to me that my party would struggle over whether to return to their platform that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel and keep the word God in the platform. Why would those be removed in the first place. Then you have people at the convention responding so negatively when those were pushed for approval. These are the kind of people this young mind was exposed to at times.

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