George P. Bush Makes a Stop in Gainesville, Encouraging Young Voters to Get to the Polls
GAINESVILLE - First Lady Michelle Obama wasn't the only member of political royalty to make a stop in Gainesville Monday.
George P. Bush, son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and nephew of former U.S. President George W. Bush, had a simple message for the young and faithful crowd that showed to listen and learn from the MAVPAC political action committee... VOTE.
That's something that pundits worry about in this election for the 18 to 24-year-old demographic.
The last time Bush campaigned at the University of Florida was back in 2000 for a presidential battle for electoral votes that was decided by the narrowest of margins.
It's a close call that Bush and other Republicans hope to avoid with the help of young voters.
"We're starting a bus tour as you can see with this banner and traveling across the great state," Bush said. "We're hitting six college campuses. We got 12 events over the course of four days, enlisting new voters. Our goal on this trip alone is to get 1,000 new fresh faces to the polls."
Between sensitive student loan rates and a fragile job market, youth demographic has a large stake in the race.
"Gators have been registering all students to come out and make sure that they're voting," UF student Christina Bonarrigo said. "They've been tabling, they've been flyering, letting them know about the upcoming election November 6th."
The Mavpac tour will make it's next stop at the University of Central Florida, followed by Valencia College and the University of Tampa.
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