DENVER (CBS4) – After the polls closed on the East Coast, President Barack Obama made the rounds with a series of satellite interviews with local TV reporters in several swing states.
Colorado was one of those swing states, and Obama did an interview with CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd during CBS4 News at 5 p.m.
Boyd asked Obama about the youth vote and whether he was worried about a lack of turnout at the polls from that voter block.
“I think over the last four years we’ve worked to deliver for them: making sure that college tuition is more affordable, helping provide financial assistance, making sure that interest rates on student loans don’t double. Those are all issues that young people obviously all care deeply about. Also, making sure that young people can stay on their parents’ health insurance plans as part of my overall health care reform.”
Watch a portion of the interview with Obama below:
The Latino vote is also vital in Colorado, and when Boyd asked the president if he thinks he has disappointed them during his time in office with not keeping his promise on the DREAM Act and not doing more to lower the double-digit unemployment rate for Latinos, Obama responded in the following manner:
“If you look at our support within the Latino community it’s remarkable,” Obama said. “Latinos are much more likely to work really hard without health insurance. They will be helped enormously by our health care reform.”
Tim Miller, the deputy communications director for the Republican National Committee, also did an interview with Boyd approximately an hour later in response during CBS4’s special Election Night coverage.
Boyd asked Miller about why he thinks women might be voting for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in larger numbers than they did for then-Republican candidate John McCain in 2008.
“What we’re seeing this year with women in suburban counties like Jefferson, Arapahoe and Adams County the Republicans are running ahead of the Democrats — which is a flip from 2008. We’re seeing people who want a new direction, real change and somebody who’s going to turn this country around,” Miller said.
Miller also talked about the Latino vote.
“Latinos were disproportionally hit by this recession. The unemployment rate for Latinos is still above 10 percent, which is completely unacceptable,” said Miller, who said the difficult economic situation will lead to larger numbers of Latinos voting for Romney.