As the Republican candidates descend upon South Carolina before the primary, Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., and College Democrats met this morning in downtown Charleston for a press conference to urge support for President Obama. As a long-time Democrat, Mayor Riley took the opportunity to voice his full support for President Obama and noted his accomplishments on expanding healthcare coverage, reducing unemployment and turning the economy around.
Mayor Riley also remarked on the Republican presidential candidates, and aimed his attacks on Mitt Romney’s business record, noting his work at Bain Capital and saying, “his entire career was about profits, not jobs.” He also went on to encourage young adults to vote for President Obama and highlighted the Affordable Care Act as one of the President’s key accomplishments for young Americans. Two student leaders also spoke at the event. James, the President of the College Democrats at the College of Charleston, introduced Mayor Riley; and Rebecca, the President of the College Democrats in South Carolina, spoke about why college students are supporting his re-election. Rebecca said she plans to vote for President Obama in November and that “College Democrats chapters around the state will be working to energize students and sign them up to volunteer with the Obama re-election campaign.”
Students and young adults were at the heart of President Obama’s 2008 campaign, and Rebecca said today that “ in the coming months, College Democrats in South Carolina will be teaming up with Organizing for America South Carolina to ensure those numbers stay just as high in 2012.”