Clinton Enlists Sanders in Her Quest to Win Over Elusive Millennial Voters

Bernie Sanders stumped for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire on Wednesday, highlighting the former secretary of state’s plans to make college affordable as she struggles to win over younger voters that flocked to the Vermont senator during their rival campaigns.

Ahead of the University of New Hampshire appearance, “Sanders said he and Clinton would promote a ‘pretty radical proposal’ to provide free public college tuition for working families, and discuss Clinton’s ‘significant proposal’ to reduce student debt,” USA Today reported, noting that Sanders “trounced” Clinton in the Granite State’s February primary.

According to Bloomberg:

Indeed, a Bloomberg poll released Monday before the presidential debate—which found Clinton and her GOP opponent Donald Trump to be virtually tied—found “signs that Clinton’s margins with women and young voters have eroded over the past three months, helping to explain Trump’s gains.”

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Among likely voters under 35 years old, Clinton got 50 percent to Trump’s 40 percent, down from her 29-point margin in August; when the poll added Green and Libertarian candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, Clinton’s lead shrank to 40-36 percent—with Johnson getting 11 percent of the millennial vote.

A separate Quinnipiac poll, also from September, found Clinton winning just 31 percent support from likely voters 18-34. Johnson came in second with 29 percent, while Trump garnered 26 percent and Stein 15 percent.

As John Della Volpe of Harvard’s Institute of Politics told Vox after Monday’s debate, “The millennial vote isn’t Hillary versus Trump. It’s Hillary versus Gary Johnson versus sitting on the couch on Election Day.”

To that end, The Hill reported Wednesday:

Perhaps also, Ed Kilgore suggested at New York Magazine, it would behoove Clinton to “find ways to remind people that Gary Johnson’s Libertarians would be perfectly happy with privatizing not just prisons, but pretty much every government function short of raising an army.”

Given Sanders’ abiding popularity with young voters, the Clinton campaign is relying on him to fire up this demographic base.

The Atlantic wrote earlier this month:

“I think that a lot of the younger people who are concerned about the cost of college, concerned about climate change, concerned about women’s rights, they’re going to come on board Secretary Clinton’s campaign,” Sanders added Wednesday on Meet the Press Daily.

Watch Sanders and Clinton in New Hampshire below:

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