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Role of Young Voters in Politics Continues to Grow

Young people are continuing to play a larger, more expanded role in politics, using new methods and networking technology. The authors of "Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube and the Future of American Politics" examine the trend.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Young people are turning out to vote in record numbers and are poised to play a crucial role in the 2008 election. But who are these younger voters? And why are they interested in the election?

    For that, we're joined by Morley Winograd and Michael Hais, authors of new book entitled "Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube and the Future of American Politics."

    Gentlemen, good to have you both with us.

    MICHAEL HAIS, Co-Author, "Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube and the Future Of American Politics": Delighted to be here.

    MORLEY WINOGRAD, Co-Author, "Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube and the Future Of American Politics": Glad to be here.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Now, I feel funny asking you this first question, because I just was involved in the last year or so working on two documentaries on the younger generation and what their interests are. But why the two of you? With all due respect, you may be over 30.

  • MORLEY WINOGRAD:

    Perhaps.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    May be over 35. Why were you interested in writing about younger Americans, Morley Winograd?

  • MORLEY WINOGRAD:

    As we looked at the history of America, we saw these generational turning points or transitions, which have sometimes got the country in a great deal of trouble and sometimes have led the country to great new successes, because the young energy was brought into the civic and institutional life of the country in ways that really energize us, sometimes not so good.

    We wanted to make sure, that this time around, people understood the millennials, older people, and welcomed them into the American political process.

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