Democrats Reach Out to Young Values Voters

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Young Democrats of America recently unveiled its first ever "Faith and Values" initiative in and effort to reach out to young Christian voters.

Rep. Jim Clyburn, the number three Democrat in the House, said members of his party can't just talk about their faith, they have to show it.

Young Democrats will start reaching out on college campuses, holding training sessions and service days to show students of faith that they have a home in the Democratic Party.

"As the 2012 election approaches, a new generation of values voters will assess the candidates and their priorities," said Young Democrats of America member Rod Snyder.

"And I'm convinced they will reject the Republican Party's 'fend for yourself' theology that will roll back benefits for young Americans and deny quality education, all while preserving tax breaks for the wealthiest 2 percent," he added.

"These new values voters will frown upon a Republican Party that would reinstitute discrimination in the military and tear apart hard working immigrant families," Snyder said.

The Democratic National Convention is also stepping up its efforts.

Evangelical Pastor Derrick Harkins has been hired to lead the party's religious outreach in the 2012 presidential election.

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