As the almost twenty presidential hopefuls from both major parties careen around the country looking for cash and votes, a disclipined group of students has been politely bird-dogging them from Iowa to South Carolina asking the candidates to detail their plans to combat global warming. This is part of a new national campaign (“What’s Your Plan?“) to convince Presidential candidates to pay attention to young people and to address key issues such as climate change and college affordability.
So far the young activists have directly engaged several candidates, including Rudy Giuliani, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, Chris Dodd, Mike Huckabee and Joe Biden. (See the photo gallery.)
What’s Your Plan? is a project of the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project, the largest national nonpartisan youth voter mobilization effort. Since 2003, the project has registered more than 600,000 young voters and made more than 650,000 personalized Get Out the Vote contacts leading up to Election Day to turn out young voters.