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President Obama stresses importance of youth vote during rally at UW-Madison

CREATED Oct 4, 2012

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  • President Obama took the stage around 3:41 p.m. Thursday Image by Staff

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MADISON- President Obama was back on friendly turf in Madison on Thursday.  He is trying to tap into that same energy and excitement that helped him win Wisconsin four years ago.
"Madison, you've got to vote," President Obama shouted to the thousands who packed Bascom Hill at the UW-Madison campus.  He is counting on first-time college voters like John Magnino.
"I just think he laid out a plan that's going to keep students like myself and families like my middle-class family to be able to succeed in this environment and I don't think Mitt Romney's plan has that," said the UW-Madison junior.
But political pundits suggest Mitt Romney won the first debate Wednesday night, yet the president claimed that wasn't the real Mitt.
"When I got on stage, I met this spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney," said Obama.
Obama blasted the real Romney for wanting to cut funding to public TV.  "He'll get rid of regulations on Wall Street but he's going to crack down on Sesame Street."
But on State Street, College Republicans believe Obama's support is fading as students struggle to find jobs and pay off huge college loans.
"I certainly think after last night, the invincible figure that once was Barack Obama, isn't as such, as we saw with the debate last night," said Tony Trenzeluk with the UW College Republicans.
Still, President Obama is expected to do well in Madison.  Four years ago he picked up more than 13,300 votes on campus alone.  That's more votes than he got in all of Calumet County.  A county he won four years ago and includes a portion on Appleton.