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Tatyana Ali wants young people to know their voice counts

1:17 PM, Aug 28, 2008   |    comments
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Ali is traveling the United States as a spokesperson heading voter registration drives at college campuses for Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign. She was in Denver this week for the Democratic National Convention and stopped by 9NEWS on Thursday to tell us how the campaign is going.

"Its going amazingly well, this election fits right in the pocket I think with what young people are really interested in and that's ending the war in Iraq, that's getting our friends and our family members and loved ones back home responsibly, taking care of them," she said. 

In addition to the war in Iraq, Ali says the topics most important to young people are the cost of education, health care and the environment.

"They're all issues that young people are really, really interested in and want to see change," she said.

This year, record numbers of young people are expected to participate in the election and she wants them to know that their vote does make a difference and their voice could even decide the election.

"They did in the primary season," she said. "They're very excited. Young people don't come out for the lesser of two evils. They're looking for authenticity and integrity and I think they see that in Senator Obama."

Ali says she was excited to be in Denver for the Convention and expected Thursday night's speech to be an incredible and historic moment but she is also looking towards the next phase of the election.

"I feel so blessed to be here to be able to witness it but it also signals the start of the next 70 days and actually getting Senator Obama in the White House," she said.

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