Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Trying to find a positive spin

Santorum is working the region's college campuses, trying to buck up support for the (still abstract) Bush plan to overhaul Social Security. It appears that audiences are not buying what Rick is trying to sell:
He was heckled by protesters, called a liar, and told that his views were unconscionable. Those sentiments ranged across the age spectrum.
There's also some insight into national strategy (or at least who believes what about those needing convincing):
Congress is out of session, and senators and representatives are out among the voters, talking and listening. ... Where they're going tells a tale. Democrats are seeking out older Americans. Sen. Jon Corzine (D., N.J.) is coming to Cherry Hill tomorrow in conjunction with the AARP; Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz (D., Pa.) had a session with elderly voters Monday at a Jewish community center in Northeast Philadelphia.

Santorum is searching for the young and persuadable. Of the 10 town hall meetings on his schedule this week, all devoted to Social Security, eight were set for college and university campuses.
Emphasis mine, but you get that in other quotes from this article, accusing Santorum of trying to "snow" young voters.
The overall tenor of Santorum's meetings yesterday was summed up by an exchange that occurred at Drexel.

Santorum asked the audience what would happen in 2008. The response he wanted was that the oldest baby boomers would turn 62 and be eligible for early retirement.

What he got instead, shouted out by an unfriendly voice, was: "George Bush will leave office!"


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