urges collegiate action
John Kerry told college students Tuesday to get involved
in the presidential race because they have significant
power to drive change.
Senator John Kerry encouraged college students Tuesday
to reemerge as a influential political voice in America
to take power away from special interests and return
it to those who deserve it.
Young people have enormous power and need to understand
it, embrace it and use it, the Massachusetts senator
said in a conference call with college journalists that
the TCU Daily Skiff participated in. As young
people, if you walk away from using your voice, you
empower the people with money and you give them the
The presumed Democratic presidential nominee kicked
off a college campus tour this week to bolster the collegiate
The senator told reporters to exercise common sense
in deciding who to support for president. He criticized
President George W. Bush for his failure to control
the rising cost of education and health care.
told journalists of his plan to grow 10
million new jobs over four years by pushing the technology
curve. These jobs will be the high end and
high paying jobs college students look for after
graduation, he said.
If young people will do some of the political
work in America we will win back fairness and a different
Congress, Kerry said in response to a Skiff reporters
question on how he planned to get and keep the collegiate
vote until November.
Kerry also responded to questions about his proposal
to pay get high school graduates involved in community
service in exchange for free college tuition.
Those that dont serve in the military can
serve by doing community service and in exchange we
will pay for in-state college costs, Kerry said.
The money will go to the student and the student
will choose what college to use the money toward.
Chairwoman Pat Carlson of the Tarrant County Republican
Party said she thinks taxpayers will have to shoulder
the financial costs of free college. Carlson
said the government stipend for tuition is not necessary
because students can work or use existing government
If a young person really wants to get an education,
then its most certainly possible, Carlson
said. Students have to realize, however, that
taxpayers will have to pay for this and those students
who got free college tuition are going to end up paying
for others when they graduate.
Carlson said she plans to bolster college support through
the area college chapters such as the TCU chapter of