Have you had “The Talk” with your parents or family?
Tell us about your experience talking to your family. If you have created a YouTube video, please share the link.
Do’s & Don’ts
- Do share your personal reasons for voting for Barack Obama;
- Do have confidence — your opinion matters to people who care about you;
- Do read up on Barack’s positions on the issues you know matter to them;
- Do find a good time when both you and they will be open to a conversation;
- Do talk to them in person if you live nearby, or on the phone if you don’t;
- Do ask your friends to talk to their parents and grandparents as well;
- Don’t worry about knowing everything about policy positions before you have this conversation;
- Don’t forget to forward them articles;
- Don’t feel defensive. Stay calm, cool and collected;
- Don’t wait until the last minute — it might take a few conversations for you to convince them, so start as early as possible;
- Don’t catch them at a bad time — make sure you have their attention and enough time to have a conversation.
Know the Issues
Affordable Higher Education
Barack will create a new American Opportunity Tax Credit to make the first $4,000 of college completely free for most students. In return, eligible students will be required to perform 100 hours of public service a year.
Barack is committed to health care reform that ensures all Americans have high-quality, affordable health care choices. He will ensure that young adults can stay covered under their parents’ insurance until age 25, to help reduce costs for young people entering the workforce.
Barack supports doubling federal funding for basic research, expanding broadband access, and making the research and development tax credit permanent so that young people with and without college degrees can thrive in the job market. Barack will invest $150 billion in renewable energy projects to create up to 5 million new jobs, and will create an energy-focused youth jobs program to give more young Americans a good job opportunity.
Iraq and Foreign Affairs
Barack opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning and has a plan to responsibly end the war. He will renew American diplomacy by reaching out to foreign leaders and will reestablish America’s moral leadership by respecting civil liberties and fighting corruption at home. Barack will continue to lead the global fight against HIV/AIDS, double U.S. funding for foreign aid, and work to end the genocide in Sudan.
Engage America’s Youth in Politics
Barack believes we cannot improve our government without involving young Americans in the political process. He supports measures that would make it easier for young people to vote, such as Election-Day registration and no-excuse absentee balloting.
Barack has been a leader in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize the effects of climate change on our planet. He strongly supports a market-based, cap-and-trade approach that will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.
Ideas to Get the Conversation Started
Approaching your parents about who they are voting for can be intimidating if you’ve never talked about politics with them before. But this campaign has been built by supporters sharing their stories about what inspires them and why they want to see change in this country. Here are some ideas for ways you can talk to your parents about why you support Barack:
- Call or ask in person if they saw the debate and what they thought about it. Tell them why you are voting for Obama and why it’s important to you.
- Print out for them information on some issues you know are important.
- Share Barack’s speech from the Democratic National Convention or Meet Barack, a video about who Barack Obama is, where he comes from, and what his values are.
- Email them and tell them why it’s important to you that they vote for Obama.
Think about their perspective. If they are Republican, or are concerned about Barack’s policies, think about where they are coming from and what makes them think the way that they do.
Are you sure if your parents are voting for Obama?
If not, you may be the only person who can convince them. If you haven’t already, it’s time for you to have “The Talk” with your parents and other family members.
And tell all your friends to do the same!