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Obama Turns to Youth to Bail Out Democrats


President Barack Obama talks with New Mexico Rep. Al Park, after arriving at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., 27 Sep 2010

President Barack Obama talks with New Mexico Rep. Al Park, after arriving at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., 27 Sep 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama is on a two-day campaign trip to re-energize young voters whose support the Democratic Party needs to defend its congressional majority in upcoming mid-term elections.

Mr. Obama will attend a major rally at the University of Wisconsin Tuesday to encourage college-age voters to save the Democrats' faltering bid for re-election on November 2.

Young voters helped propel Mr. Obama to the presidency in 2008, and his two-day tour aims to ensure they vote again in the congressional polls.

Republicans, who polls found are enthusiastic about casting ballots in November, could potentially seize control of one or both houses of Congress.

Earlier Tuesday, Mr. Obama sought support from Democrats by telling voters that his education reform will be cut if Republicans win the majority in the upcoming election. He told voters in a "backyard" talk in New Mexico that education is the key to keeping the U.S. competitive in the future.

He also will attend events in Iowa and Virginia before returning to the White House Wednesday.

In a recent Politico/George Washington University poll, more than half of Americans surveyed said they disapprove of the job Mr. Obama is doing in office.

The Democratic Party has been hurt by the country's sluggish economy and a jobless rate that currently stands at 9.6 percent.

Republican leaders say if Democrats truly want to create jobs, they should cut government spending and halt plans to increase taxes.

President Obama has warned that if Republicans regain control in Congress, they will bring back policies that led to the country's economic crisis, including cutting taxes for the rich and loosening regulations on Wall Street.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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