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NCCU students watch Obama speech

Posted September 28, 2010 1:11 p.m. EDT
Updated September 28, 2010 11:39 p.m. EDT

— Students at North Carolina Central University had a chance to see a live speech by President Barack Obama Tuesday night as part of a young-voter mobilization event on campus.

Democratic leaders, headlined by U.S. Rep. David Price, spoke to students about the stakes in the November election in the W.G. Pearson Cafeteria. Students then watched the president's speech from Wisconsin via satellite.

"There is an election on November 2nd that is going to say a lot about the future,” Obama said during the speech. "Now is not the time to lose heart, now is not the time to give up.”

Alexander Scott, president of the NCCU Chapter of College Democrats, said watching Obama’s speech was a chance to get students fired up about voting. He said creating enthusiasm in younger people is not always easy.

"Sometimes it can be frustrating, but the main goal is that we want to get everybody registered to vote,” Scott said.

Jordan Shaw, spokesman for the North Carolina Republican Party, said Tuesday that he wonders if Obama's star is fading.

"He is not the political powerhouse that he was, certainly when he was elected,” Shaw said.

Shaw said he thinks the American people do not agree with Obama's policies and have not seen enough positive economic change.

"The economy is not getting better at any rapid rate,” Shaw said.

President Obama disagrees.

"Now the economy is growing again, now the private sector has created jobs for the last eight months in a row,” Obama said Tuesday.

Obama's speech was played at 100 campuses around the nation.