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The youngest Republican
17-year-old Evan Draim is the Republican National Convention's youngest delegate.
August 30th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

The youngest Republican

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?

soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Nuance

    Heh...pity he was too young to complain about the state of America during the Bush term....definitely a critical time period to voice complaints about the federal deficit. Unfortunately, for him and a lot of the complainers it's too late as the damage has been done already....several years ago.

    September 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jay

    Never too young to be an idiot.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lonely.voter

    Too bad that you haven't reported that Evan Draim is a Ron Paul delegate. Mainstream Republican program can only inspire old, overweight men.

    August 31, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • HOWARD

      BETTER THAN HAVING A SKINNY DICTATOR, LIKE OBAMA, WHO DISREGARDS OUR CONSTITUTION, WHILE BANKRUPTING AMERICA !!!

      September 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • yromney

      I served as a fellow delegate with Evan- he is NOT a Ron Paul delegate, just a believer in the issues that matter to young Americans. Listen to any of his many interviews and you will see that he backs Romney.

      September 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hahahahahahhaha

    Brainwashed at such a young age. Hahahahahahhahahaha

    August 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • HOWARD

      Thank God there are still some students in America who haven't fallen victim to the Obama / Liberal indoctrination, in our Progressive Dominated School System. This young man should be a beacon of hope, that change is occurring, and that soon, American students will be provided with a balanced education, so they can learn to think for themselves.

      September 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jamie

    Romney and Ryan ......... Laurel and Hardy of the 21st century

    August 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • HOWARD

      OBAMA & BIDEN = LIES, DECEPTION, CHARACTER ASSASSINATION, ABOVE THE LAW, AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY !

      September 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jake

    Evan is a good RL friend of mine and im proud to say i know him and that he is a great guy i hope all you people bashing him feel really big and proud of your selves for picking on a 17 year old kid WTG Democrats and we are the monsters?

    August 31, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. pbernasc

    "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?"

    How about, will the younger generation move to a smarter politics and simply leave the GOP to its many senile leaders and very few but very stupid young sheep herd, while the rest of the world will move away from Middle Ages?

    Make a really wild guess

    August 31, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • HOWARD

      WILL OBAMA COMMIT AMERICAN YOUTH TO A LIFETIME OF DEBT AND GOVERNMENT DEPENDENCY ... AND ONLY REALIZING THE AMERICAN DREAM THROUGH STORIES TOLD BY THEIR PARENTS, AND GRANDPARENTS, OF HOW FREE, AND RICH, AND GREAT, AMERICA ONCE WAS, BEFORE OBAMA TURNED AMERICA INTO A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY !!!

      September 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pbernasc

    Wow, so young and already so stupid.

    August 31, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Charlie

    He brought down the average age of the GOP delegates by about 40 years!!

    Hopefully he's not listening too closely to the bitter old timers. They'll muddy up his thinking.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. heh

    I think it's hysterical .. that one of this countries famous quotes came from a democrat.. and it also happens to be one of the most conservative quotes out there....
    "Ask not what your country can do for you.. but ask what you can do for your country..." That was not a reference to how much more taxes you will be forced to pay for failed gov programs.. but for personal responsibility.. It means Don't always be looking at the gov for another handout that someone else needs to pay for.....

    August 30, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. edog

    This kid is a moron!! Social issues should be decided by the "States". He needs to go back to school and learn about the civil rights and why certain social equality issues need to be dealt with by the federal government. Sometimes, the minority rights out weight the majority. Allowing States to decide issues like Marriage Equality will always give the majority more leverage in voting these rights down. Just like in California. This kid needs more education!! Then again, he is male and white, what does he know about minority rights.

    August 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • notbuyingitatall

      oh yea..like the fed gov needs to be involved in everything under the sun and moon..

      No they don't ......

      August 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. stevetall

    Yeah, that makes sense, especially to Republicans. Take a kid with no life experience, an incomplete high school diploma, and no real concept of the history or magnitude of our social, political, economic, or diplomatic challenges, and make him their poster boy. Yep. That about says it all.

    Obama if you're for the people, Romney if you're for the money and not the people.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • HOWARD

      OBAMA IS FOR ROBBING THE PEOPLE OF ALL THEIR MONEY, AND DICTATING HOW THEY SHOULD LIVE.
      ROMNEY IS FOR CITIZENS KEEPING THEIR OWN MONEY, AND BEING FREE TO LIVE ON THEIR OWN TERMS.

      September 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. M-W-T

    Mitt Romney is STILL......."THE WORST REPUBLICAN ON THE PLANET".......for POTUS?????
    this kid will learn fast, unless he comes from money,....that
    MITT ROMNEY IS THE WORST REPUBLICAN IN THE COUNTRY for President
    PLEASE....join me.....DO NOT VOTE FOR MITT ROMNEY

    August 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kris

    When Romney closed all those factories, I wonder if he outsourced this guy's future job? Poor kid is the republican's foolish mascot.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Clete

    Taking one's life is illegal...the punishments death....Line from the movie "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the forum."

    August 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Logic N LA

    Evan- at your age I considered myself a Republican for the same reasons- financial control. After years of watchig both parties and being a business man, I ask you to consider a couple things:
    Do you truly believe that lower tax rates create jobs? was there anything in your education to support that? Do you know anyone that has added employees they did not need because of the Bush tax cuts of 13 years ago?
    Do you believe or know where just cuts in spending will come form to reduce the deficit? Remeber that almost 40% of our spending is some how related to defense and Republicans want to spend more,not less.
    you say social issues are not important to you, but can you honestly say that the same religious conservatives rying to take over the Republican parrty will stop with Gay marriage and abortion? What about divorce? What about interracial marriage ( remeber a church recently denied a couple the right to marry)
    Social and financial issues are interwined in our society. Married couples get tax breaks that sinlge people do not despite having a lighter debt load on thier dual income. Single poele pay for school that married peoples kids go to yet those married people got a tax deduction for having those kids.
    I ask you to please consider both side with an open mind before making a decision next year when you are allowed to vote.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Utter

    Nice, smart young man. With time and maturity he will see the error of his ways and will decide to leave the GOP for something populated with NORMAL people. By the time he is 21, the republican party will be outlawed, its members arrested for treason and then placed in little cages for the rest of their pathetic, wasted little lives. Truth is: Republicans Suk

    August 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      So wait I thought your party never slandered, lied, or said terrible things. I thought all views should be expressible and not silenced. Well I guess you only get those freedoms if you aren't christian or republican. People like you are a scourge.

      August 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Stop Slamming the Kid

    Look, I don't agree with much in the GOP platform, but I applaud this young man for getting involved and trying to make a difference. So many teens are indifferent to politics, too intellectually lazy to read anything more challenging than a Kardashian tweet, but at least this kid is out there. Stop criticizing him for it, or else put down your Cheetos and get out of your La-Z-Boys and show as much gumption has he has.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Derek

    Let's hope this guy sticks to the fiscal argument... I have no problem discussing money with Republicans. I have a problem when they impose religious fervor into politics and stick up the country with 'Christian Values' ... They have proven that they cannot discuss gay rights, the environment, abortion, and creationism without having an adult in the room. Let's keep the arguments around money, and to h'ell with the rest of their imperialistic and hypocritical morals.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  20. TH

    Did anyone notice that this guy is not old enough to legally vote? And yet he's able to be a delegate and nominate the GOP candidate?

    August 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnnsTheMan!

      Isn't it unethical to change the GOP count delegates? Ron Paul could've been nominated from the floor, and given a chance to argue his case, but since they changed the rules and wouldn't seat the delegates, and nobody really said a word.

      With that in mind, do you think they care if a toddler votes in Mitt?

      August 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  21. ted

    so young but already brainwashed by the repukelicans. too bad. sorry kid, go get one of those low paying jobs Mitt Romney promises, but don't expect any healthcare coverage and you may have to live with your parents a long time since he will raise taxes a lot on the middle class to pay for his big military buildup. But enjoy the moment right now.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Mr. Moderate

    Evan – the reason abortion takes up so much of our economic debate is that your party know that by keeping in the national forefront, they can continue to count on single issue anti-abortion voters as a reliable block. They have no intention of doing anything about it as that would cause the pro-life movement to move onto other other issues. The proof can be found during the period 2001 to 2007 when the Republican party had complete control of the federal government and did NOTHING to resolve the issue.

    But my complements to being so involved in the process even though I might disagree with you.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Obvious

    The reason all these GOP men oppose abortion after rape or incest is that they prey on young males, like this kid, who can't get pregnant anyway.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      There are much stronger arguments against social conservatism than your weak insults. When you resort to such repugnant things right off the bat, it only illustrates how little you have to add to any intelligent debate.

      August 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  24. erin

    "States rights" means that you are okay with Americans' civil rights being violated, as long as you don't have to hear about it. Cop out.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Or it means the original founding principal on which our country is based. State's rights is not a cover term for a return to the pre Civil Rights Act era and trying to label it as such is the real cop out.

      August 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Doh

    Agreed Evan! This is a democracy, not a theocracy so one group of people shouldn't be allowed to impose their belief system on others, and vice versa. If one state decides they want one thing and another wants something else, to each their own.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doh

      Evan's positions also seems like a resurgence of moderate conservatives might be somewhere in the GOP. There may be hope for them yet!

      August 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Hhhmmm?

    I guess in the Republican party 17-year olds can vote?

    August 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  27. The TRUE USA

    AGREED! Leave it to the states!! That's the only way to truly represent your population............

    August 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      He doesn't know what punctuation is for. The difference between him an every other illiterate idiot is that he has a more direct role in selecting your leaders. Of course, this is the same party that wanted to anoint "Joe the Plumber" as our next savior.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Guest

        Looks like I've multiplied.

        August 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jon

    "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." Yeah... it's been spent by the party he is supporting. George W Bush took Clinton's record surplus and smashed it into the ground and Obama's had to fight for every nanometer against Republicans who still have not gotten over the fact that a) he won, and b) no one likes their candidates.

    Republicans need to wake up and stop letting these morons run again and again and again until they win. Bob Dole did this and lost. John McCain did this and lost. Mitt Romney's done this and will most likely lose. What the GOP has not woken up to yet is the fact that if Republicans as a whole did not like the guy the first time, why do they think the independents will like him now?

    August 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      I'm not going to argue with the point that the GOP has spent too much, and I'm far from trusting them to do so again, but to attempt to gloss over the current record deficits and lay the blame for the bulk of the spending at the feet of just one party is an obviously dishonest move. Both parties have spent on the backs of generations not yet old enough to tell them to stop.

      August 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      because the president is not a white male. Period. Do i agree with everything the Obama administration has done. NO! but I haven't agreed with everything from either Bush, Clinton or Reagan.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  29. Joe Mama

    The times, they are a changin'.

    All you Dems that absolutely loath the GOP establishment and what they stand for. You'll be getting a very entertaining show. The GOP wouldn't be working so hard to fight back if they ACTUALLY thought we posed no threat. But they know the end is near so all they can do is try to hold on as long as possible. But it ultimately cannot be stopped. They realize this. Of course, I fully expect an awakening within the Democratic party too. And a similar movement will happen there. Unfortunately both parties are corrupt and don't serve America. We the people, rise!

    August 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  30. ghostriter

    This is just the most intelligent conservative republicans could find. And the most mature.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Dyslexic doG

    Good for you Evan. Perhaps you and your young peers can bring the Republican party back from the christian fundamentalist mess that it has become and return it to the Republican party of old.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • liz48

      The Bible says G-d laughs at those who ignore Him...

      Remember Katrina and 7 years later...the number 7 has a very significant place in the Bible; it is the number of fulfillment.

      So your wallet may not be the deciding factor, nor the right wing fundamentalists who do not live the Bible but talk about it. Love for people is fundamental to being a follower of Jesus. The same fundamentalists, will not obey the basic command of the Lord Jesus to treat the stranger well.

      In the Bible, G-d tells Israel, that they are cursed for not doing justice to the stranger. Similarly is the issue with abortion and same s e x relationships.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • liz48

        The word Isaac means "laughter."
        Psalm 2:4 "He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall
        hold them in derision." Psalm 37:11-13: "The wicked plot against
        the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. The LORD laughs at
        him, for He sees that his day is coming."

        August 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • The TRUE USA

        Since you like quoting the bible. How about Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." So in conclusion I KNOW that God (always capital) would NOT support the killing of these innocent babies! And if you think differently, I'm sorry that you don't know Him.......

        August 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jim

    Kirk Cameron wannabe

    August 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Doug

    My mom worked at a nursing home as an nurse for about 25 years, paying into her health insurance on every paycheck. She got breast cancer in about 1991. They treated her and it was ok for about 4 years. Then her breast cancer came back. She needed surgery, chemo and radiation which would altogether cost around $40,000.

    Her insurance company told her (to her face) that she was too expensive, they weren't going to pay, and advised her to go home, get her accounts together, make the best of her remaining months and die peacefully (ie no lawyers needed). They were willing to let my mother die for the sum of $40,000.

    I later found out from someone that works for the insurance company that there are folks who do that for a living- get people go home and die quietly so the insurance company doesn't have to fight them in court. They get promotions and bonuses based on how well they do.

    My mom took them to court. She said the insurance companies lawyer's strategy was to drag it out until she died. They would constantly file for a time extension, delay, drag it out, etc. Fortunately, we (family, friends and her church) paid her bills and she got treatment. She made it and she is still doing fine today. But she told me the insurance company caused her more stress than the potentially fatal cancer.

    So when people talk about health care, it is personal to me. It annoys me when people see it purely as a political football or see it purely in terms of dollars. I am open to all sorts of discussions about how to fix it, but whether to fix it is not open to debate. In the last 4 years, the Republican party has tried to stop any and all attempts to change the status quo without ever once suggesting a way to fix it themselves. In my view, this is inexcusable and like I said it is deeply hypocritical for those Republicans who claim to be Christian.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Sounds like a job for a doctor! Dr. Ron Paul; he predicted the messes we are now, in many years ago. He almost never went along with the party so as a payback they cheated him out of the nomination in 2012..

      August 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • sadcon

      Your story is so contradicting to your onservative's belief, so basically you ask help from your friend and your church.I thought you guys on the right hate freeloaders and yet you succumb to it. You dissed health care yet you did not read the whole thing. Because if you do it you'll know that it will overhaul the health insurance company. I'm sorry about your mother's situation but please stop blaming your the health care that's going to take effect on 2014

      August 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Insurer

      Doug, Your story has either been twisted before it was told to you or you yourself are making up things for some leftish reason. I have worked for the 2nd largest insurer for over 20 years and have made my way up through 'the ranks' and there is no such position. The risk of MILLIONS lost in a wrongful death lawsuit would not be worth it to any company to save 40K. I'm glad your mother is well and made it but to truly fix the problems of today, we need to start being honest and STOP falsifying information just to make our points look stronger!!

      August 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • guest

        that position may not exist, but companies will deny claims long enough that claimants risk bankruptcy waiting on insurers and end up paying out of pocket and not even fighting the Insurance companies. So while the position may be false the situation is real! If you really get sick and use insurance the bill and EOB's beat you home and creditors will call before you are released to return to work... Fact

        August 31, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • eiregirl

      They did try. Any and all attempts were promptly rebutted by Reid and Pelosi...and they rammed it through behind closed doors after making sweetheart deals a couple of states and in cahoots ( I strongly suspect) with the MA Secy of State to keep Scott Brown from being seated for over a month (they seated a Democrat special election winner in 3 days). It was a corrupt method, and an expensive plan that has a lot not to do with actual health care. Republicans wanted to rein it in but Pelosi and Reid were giddy with power...like children who discover mom is taking a nap and the cookie jar is full.

      August 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • erin

      Well said, Doug.

      August 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  34. David

    This is kind of interesting. With his stated views it would seem that this young man would be one of the Ron Paul Delegates. If so he must have slipped through the cracks because in most places Ron Paul delegate hopefuls were disqualified from being on the ballot in the primaries if they had never voted as a member of the republican party before.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  35. MIdwesterner

    why is a 17 year old a delegate? He is not old enough to vote!

    August 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kerrie

      WRONG. This is why people like you shouldn't vote. If you turn EIGHTEEN the same year as an election you can vote. I'm born in December and voted for the first time when I was 17. So did my stepson. Learn the law.

      August 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  36. LovesIrony

    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.
    They have been saying this since before this kid was born. Still hating on gays and women that choose to get a legal medical procedure.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill, Bloominton IL

      What gays are getting a legal medical procedure?

      August 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Just because a "medical procedure" is legal doesn't make the procedure right. The real war on women is the millions of females that are murdered while still in the womb.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • ghostriter

        There are plenty of laws that may or may not be right. It is not the job of the law to be right. Just the law.

        Making every attempt to block a legal activity simply because you don't agree with it is not the American way. We debate and then decide. This has been decided and upheld by the SC. To continue to try to shape laws based on your moral beliefs will get us nowhere.

        August 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shut of GOP

        Shut up!!!! You are a man, you should even have a say about it. When you can get pregnant THEN you can talk about women's reproductive rights. And even then you don't have a right to tell someone what to do with their bodies.

        August 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
        • Female Perspective

          It is ILLEGAL for me to take my own life!! Now that is MY OWN BODY!! That argument will not work for me as long as suicide is illegal. And take a look at that little fetus when they are hauling it off, that BODY, although needs you for a few months, it is not right for you to kill it out of conveniennce. Rape is a very small percentage and MOST abortions are for just that reason, CONVENIENCE! My mom had one for that reason and so did my friend...... shameful and at least one regrets it every day! I bet you are one that says a man can't decide to keep the baby BUT also can't decide not to have one (as in you would make him pay child support whether he 'wanted' the child or not), now that is discrimination. I can choose but my boyfriend can't?? Because of his sex? I thought we didn't discriminate on that/????

          August 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • wizard

      In 1800, it was legal to kill a black person. Was that also a "legal medical procedure"? Legality does not equal morality.

      August 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Oscar Pitchfork

    Too bad! When he finds out that all the other Repbublicans are only in it for the money, he'll be heartbroken.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  38. TheTraveler

    “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.”

    Might I suggest, Mr. Draim, that you look deeply into the condition of American fiscal resources just prior to the Iraqi War? It was the first time ever a war was waged that STARTED with a deficit. The Bush Administration, through a weak economy in 2001-2002 and tax cuts, engaged the US in a war when we DID NOT HAVE THE FUNDS to support it. Now, 10 years on, we, and the future generations you speak of, will continue to pay ..

    Perhaps your generation will show more smarts and not make the same stupid mistakes.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Woah, someone who actually listened to what he said and provided a comment with some substance instead of just launching into attacks on a 17-year old kid. The rest of you should take a look and see, by contrast, how little you do to advance your positions by hurling insults at a teenager.

      You're right to point out the horrible fiscal excess of our 43rd President's administration. I can't find anything in your post to take issue with.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  39. elvis costanza

    Severe authority figure issues, need for incessant a
    ttention and approval, and gay as the day is long.

    August 30, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Not even an attempt at a thoughtful rebuttal of his ideas? You're just going to launch straight into character attacks? And who cares what his orientation is?

      August 30, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  40. Alex

    This 17 year-old makes a lot more sense than most middle-aged Republicans in congress.

    August 30, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Like a BOSS

      Wait, he will be bought and corrupted soon enough...

      August 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  41. geggyg

    He sounds just like Alex Keaton (Michael J Fox) from Family Ties being a Nixon supporter ,

    August 30, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  42. Lagos

    Holy cow, a 17 year old with more of a clue about what it means to be conservative than a Republican. State rights, yo.

    August 30, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  43. JAM

    So young and so brainwashed already!!! Hasn't even done the grind but knows so much about it! Its like an eleven-year old giving advice on relationships!

    August 30, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Guess we have to live to whatever age you are to be properly brainwashed.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Better idea

      Sometimes 11-yr olds are wise beyond their years. Any 17 year old ought to be madder than snot. I just had a baby girl – her share of the national debt : ~$50,000, and that's only the on book debts, not counting that medicare, medicaid and social security obligations that aren't fully funded. He's not a brainwashed sucker as some here suggest – he's someone who has an understanding of action and consequence.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  44. rh

    I've heard that Catholics baptize mere babies into their religion.

    August 30, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  45. Josh

    How can a 17 yo be a delegate?

    He is too young to vote, which would including casting his state's vote for a candidate.

    August 30, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • dszematowicz

      Hi Josh, thanks for the comment! He turns 18 in September, and according to the rules he's allowed to be a delegate if he's old enough to vote by the election.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Anthony Ames

      When's his birthday?

      August 30, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      As long as your 18 by Nov 6, he can vote.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Kerrie

      I still cannot believe the ignorance displayed here. You CAN VOTE AT 17 if you turn EIGHTEEN the same year an election is held. Please don't vote or reproduce.

      August 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Cambridge Ray

    Sad, how they train their young to hate...

    August 30, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambridge Ray

      Let's hear it from the horse's mouth, as it were:

      Interviewer: "Why do you hate Mexicans?"
      Tea Party Member: "Because they are filthy, stinky ANIMALS!!!"

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXaILy3GE7U&w=640&h=390]

      August 30, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
      • JAM

        Wow! And their not even trying to hide it!

        August 30, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
      • elvis costanza

        That's coming from the OTHER end of the horse, Ray. The shameful display of bigotry and hate toward the Puerto Rican delegate was appalling. Pigs in suits.

        August 30, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
      • David

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_ScYY__oyk&w=640&h=390]

        August 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      I defy you to find one attributable hateful comment that this guy's made.

      Who's the one that's full of it?

      August 30, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      The kid didn't say nothing about hate. He's just wise enough to know the difference between right and wrong.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  47. m

    Guy not even old enough to know the lousy administration DickNBush had going so must forgive his decision to be an Elephant, hopefully when he gets more cynical he'll realize it's all BS and boot licking politics. Maybe he can pull out the old "Kill a commie for Christ" button they had in the 60's for the Rebutts.

    August 30, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Disagreeing with your personal political philosophy is not something that requires forgiveness. There's a generational component to the current fiscal irresponsibility that I think a person his age is very well suited to comment on.

      August 30, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      lol The younger generation loves liberty and hates tyranny. Obamanomics & such will soon shrivel and be gone.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
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