By Lisa Desjardins, CNN
Tampa, Florida (CNN) - One way or another, Evan Draim is the future. The 17-year-old Virginian is the youngest delegate to the Republican National Convention. He’s also one of the GOP’s emergent voices.
He’s passionate about America’s economic woes.
[4:23] “Our money is being spent before we’ve even earned it the deficit is so large we’re not even talking about the tax revenue of my generation. We’re talking about my descendants.”
Unlike many conservatives, social issues aren’t what Draim is about. He’s a “states rights” guy and doesn’t feel that issues such as abortion should be decided – either way – by the federal government.
Plus, says Draim:
[6:38] “It shouldn’t take up so much of our political debate that it masks the real issues that matter, especially to young voters, in this election.”
He sees the party reshaping itself along those lines. More emphasis on jobs, the economy, and debt – less on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.
Draim and like-minded young Republicans are at the root of a central question: Will the GOP be changed by a younger generation, or will the younger generation change to fit the party?