President Obama and Mitt Romney may be neck and neck in recent polls, but the former Massachusetts Governor does have one serious gap to close: 73% of voters ages 18 to 34 right now support President Obama or are leaning that way. Only 25% say they are in Mitt Romney's corner, according to a CNN poll from earlier this month.
What does Mitt Romney do about this? He might have a secret weapon on his side. It's the youngest member of Congress, 31-year-old Rep Aaron Schock (R-Ill.). He talks with John Berman on "Starting Point" to explain what Romney needs to do to capture the youth vote.
"I've spent well over 10 days campaigning with [the Romneys]," Rep. Schock says. "Two days nonstop on the bus in Iowa and he is a fun, fun guy. I mean anybody who has raised five boys knows how to have some fun."
"The intensity among young people is much lower now than it was four years ago, which is a problem for the President," he adds. "They have really been disenfranchised by the kind of bringing the country together, solving our problems and now a much more divisive and negative campaign. I think that's turned off a lot of young people. When I'm visiting with young people, their major issues are economic issues. They are very disheartened by the fact that half of their graduates last year are still unemployed today. And I think that's a huge opportunity for Republicans who are unified on economic issues to make the case to young people."
"While there may be a certain cool factor with the President...look he has news conferences at the White House to show his NCAA picks. You know, he's seen playing volleyball on the beach in Hawaii. There's a certain sizzle factor. But at the end of the day, young people want - somebody is going to get him a job. And I think that's where Mitt Romney has the strength," he says.