Written by Biloxi
Bill Clinton needs to go back in time to when he ran from President in 1992 and for re-election in 1996 and remember that many young voters between the ages of 18-29 voted for Clinton in his 8 years as President. Clinton, at that time, was the youngest President at the age of 46. Recently Bill Clinton, now at the age of 69, is angry at the millennials (as known as GenY) who have many have flocked to support Bernie Sanders as President and not his wife, Hillary. Bill now says millennials are the blame for the country’s problems. From The Ring of Fire website:
In a massive hit on millions of young voters all across the country, former president Bill Clinton said in a speech this week that if young voters had showed up to the midterm in 2010, nearly every political issue America is facing right now would no longer exist.
“If all the young people who claim to be disillusioned now had voted in 2010, we wouldn’t have lost the Congress, and we’d probably have our incomes back.”
The issue with voter turnout is a nationwide, demographic-wide issue, not just something that happens to young people. In fact, a great deal of people who fall under the category of millennial were not old enough to vote in 2010.
And that is true.. The millennial today weren’t old enough to vote in 2010. Bill Clinton may have forgotten that in the Presidential race in 2012 that young voters had flocked to support Ron Paul for President who was 75 years old at the time. Like Sanders, Paul too was much ignored by the media and not taken seriously in the 2012 Presidential race. So, it may be frustrating and confusing for Bill and Hillary Clinton to why the millennials favor supporting Sanders (who is older than Hillary) and not Hillary in this Presidential race. It is not the age of Sanders that are attracting the millennials to Sanders but the issues that Sanders shares in which matters to the millennials just as the issues shared by Ron Paul that mattered to the young Ron Paul supporters in Paul’s 2012 Presidential race. Here is the breakdown of the voter demographics in the 1992 Presidential election from Wikipedia:
|The Presidential Vote In Social Groups (In Percentages)|
|Party and ideology|
|Gender and marital status|
|17||Born Again, religious right||23||61||15||26||65||8|
|17||18–29 years old||43||34||22||53||34||10|
|33||30–44 years old||41||38||21||48||41||9|
|26||45–59 years old||41||40||19||48||41||9|
|24||60 and older||50||38||12||48||44||7|
|6||Not a high school graduate||54||28||18||59||28||11|
|24||High school graduate||43||36||21||51||35||13|
|27||Some college education||41||37||21||48||40||10|
|17||Post graduate education||50||36||14||52||40||5|
|10||Population over 500,000||58||28||13||68||25||6|
|21||Population 50,000 to 500,000||50||33||16||50||39||8|
|30||Rural areas, towns||39||40||20||45||44||10|
Of course, the question is will Sanders’ young supporters support Hillary Clinton if Sanders is not the nominee for President. We simply don’t know. Ms. Clinton cannot assume that Sanders’ young supporters will automatically vote for Clinton if Sanders is out of the race and for the sake of the Democratic Party. And we don’t know how the independents and non-affiliate voters who were unable to vote many of the closed primaries in many states will vote in November because any candidate of their choice who are not on the main ticket in November can be write in candidate on the ballot. But, we do know this: if Clinton and Trump are the nominee of the Presidency, they both have their work cut out for them as both of them currently are unpopular candidates in this race. And good luck uniting their parties to support them come November (should Trump and Clinton are the Presidential nominees) because they both have their work cut out for them to earn the votes of the independents and non-affiliate voters since those voters don’t belong to any political party.
A full disclosure: I am a No Party Preference.