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Obama and Clinton Talking With Young Veterans: Tonight on MTV

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on March 20, 2008

What: Senators Clinton and Obama talking to Young Veterans about the War in Iraq

When: 6:00pm (ET/PT) Tonight, March 20

Where: MTV’s Choose or Loose

Prospective Commanders-in-Chief Engage with Soldiers Fighting War on Terror March 20th at 6 pm (ET/PT)

New York, NY, March 17, 2008 — As part of its ongoing Choose or Lose effort to once again mobilize more than 20 million 18-30 year-olds to vote, MTV, in conjunction with The Associated Press, today announced a hour-long special event that will bring together Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (http://think.mtv.com/profile/HillaryClinton08) and Barack Obama (http://think.mtv.com/profile/BarackObama), as well as eight young veterans just back from at least one tour of duty in Iraq, for an intimate discussion on the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war. Taped in Pennsylvania, home of the next critical Democratic primary contest, each candidate will hear directly from those who have served on the frontlines of the war, as the soldiers engage the Senators, sequentially, in a dialogue on how they will lead America’s armed forces and a variety of other national security issues.

Millions of young adults have cast their ballots in the early contests of the 2008 Presidential election, doubling, tripling, and even quadrupling their turnout in nearly every primary or caucus thus far. The war in Iraq, and the overall war on terror, continue to dominate the concerns of young adult voters and have helped drive this unprecedented youth turnout. Recent MTV research shows that nearly six in ten (58%) 18-24 year-olds personally know someone who has served in Iraq, and this special aims to ensure America’s youth get real answers from those vying to be the next Commander-in-Chief.

The eight veterans featured in “Choose or Lose Presents Clinton & Obama Answer Young Veterans” include:

Chris Weimer, San Diego, CA

Ernest Johnson, Bridgeport, CT

Ryan Groves, Washington, DC

Max Nitze, Cambridge, MA

Wendell Guillermo, Santa Monica, CA

Jessica McDermott, Durham, NC

Christina Correa, Los Angeles, CA

Herold Noel, New York, NY

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