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June 17th, 2014
07:55 AM ET

The one issue millennials will vote for

If you want to win the millennial vote, you'll have to oppose NSA surveillance. S.E. Cupp explains.


S.E. Cupp: Let me tell you a secret. You wanna win millennial voters? They care about one issue. That is the NSA spying program.

They will vote for any party that is with them on that issue. They are deeply offended that the NSA is collecting their data and they were deeply disappointed that the Obama administration defended and justified the program.

Not to mention they’re pretty sympathetic to someone like Edward Snowden, who revealed it all.

I was at an event not long ago with Judge Richard Leon, who had just ruled on the constitutionality of the NSA spying program and he found it was likely unconstitutional.

This is a guy who has adjudicated Gitmo cases! Big stuff! And yet he said he’s never received so much mail as he did on this NSA spying case. And it was mostly from young people who are appreciative of this ruling.

So the people on both sides of the aisle, the Rand Paul’s and the Glenn Greenwald’s, who oppose this invasion of privacy, they will be the ones who earn the trust of millennial voters.

And the folks who defend it and support it, will lose it, and at a great cost.

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  1. Red

    I knew the younger generation had common sense. This proves it.

    June 22, 2014 at 11:53 am | Reply
  2. Richard Right

    Wow, I would have thought the greatest concern would be jobs and the economy. The college graduates with jobs outside their major, middle class workers displaced by illegal alien workers. Major industries not growing. Maybe it was not a great poll.

    June 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • TJ

      Millennial here. The reason why I personally am not as invested in the economy/# of jobs is because I'm a Computer Science major, and I'm currently a Junior in college. There are plenty of jobs out there for me once I graduate, because nearly every field needs programmers nowadays. Losing any sense of privacy to the gov't, losing net neutrality to ISPs, giving control over the web to the gov't through legislation like SOPA/PIPA, politicians taking funds from Time Warner/Comcast and allowing them to establish a monopoly over the cable industry...those are issues that I care about.
      Not Benghazi. Not Bergdahl.
      The internet is a precious resource. Giving its currently open nature up to corporations or the gov't is something that we shouldn't and can't let happen.

      June 22, 2014 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  3. Kyle Grimm

    The NSA should be shut down immediately and the IRS. I mean our Government is the bad guy, they are evil. They spy on all Americans. That's EVIL. They have violated the Constitution, which proclaims our Rights From God, they violently and secretly violated a sacred trust with the People. They are all Criminals and deserve to be in Prison, Now. How does no one care? How do Reporters not constantly scream at these people. I WANT TO SCREAM IN THESE PEOPLE'S FACES. Express emotion and my anger, ANGER. If I break the Law, I go to Jail. They break the Ultimate Law and eat Caviar and drink Champagne. I WANT TO SEE THEM IN PRISON. They have erased the 4th Amendment. JAIL NOW. JAIL NOW. Mass Firings and New Elections! I want the PEOPLE to have CONTROL of the Country!

    June 21, 2014 at 6:57 am | Reply
  4. Gallum

    Kurt, we are not against immigration. We are against illegal immigration. We are not against Immigration Reform, we are against amnesty. Please try and understand the differences. Also, these is not a single poll which says that 60 percent of Americans support amnesty. There are however some polls that say that if we can radically reduce the level of illegal immigration a majority of the population may support allowing those illegals to stay in the USA. Fact is, when Reagan agreed to give them Amnesty in the 80s the Democrats turned around and totally ignored their end of the bargain, sealing the border. If you want immigration legislation the Republicans are happy to pass some, first piece is going to be sealing the border. IF the Democrats refuse to accept that we want the border secured then guess what, you are not going to get your legislation. The districts have been drawn and ensure that Republicans will be in control of the HoR for the next 6 years, time for you to either start compromising with us or twiddle your thumbs.

    June 20, 2014 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      There isn't as much of a difference as you think.

      Here's the issue: Many legal hispanic immigrants (including Marco Rubio) have relatives who immigrated illegally. NONE of them will support a party that wants to deport their family. 70% of hispanics probablyfit in that category, and democrats get 70% of the hispanic vote. It's not hard to understand.

      You may draw a line... but the voters you NEED to get to vote for you do not.

      I'm for open immigration personally. Setting quotas on those coming over from Mexico and south/central america seems unamerican to me. We didn't tell those coming from Europe that they had to head home when they arrived at Ellis Island because we had too many Irish or Italians that year. I'm for letting whoever wants to become an American in (as long as they aren't a criminal in some way OTHER then "immigration law").

      I'm 3rd generation personally... all four grandparents were children who immigrated from various parts of eastern europe prior to 1921 (when the US decided to institute quotas as to the number of people coming into our country). Using today's laws, I probably would have been born in the Czech republic. Those laws were based almost entirely on racism... they originally had a provision to keep all asians out of the US along with restricting eastern europeans, jews, arabs and indians (not native americans) through quotas. The official reason for the immigration quotas was "to preserve the ideal of American homogeneity".

      In 1965 they added quotas to Latin Americans (where none had been previously) and increased the quotas from overseas nations... because at that point being seen as Italian American was no longer bad but being Mexican was.

      It's time to take all the quotas out. It's time to stop worrying about "protecting our culture" from those of races people viewed as "unwanted" 50 or 100 years ago. Do you have skills? Yes? Then welcome, you're eligible to apply for citizenship. Let's embrace what made us great... accepting the washouts from other nations and giving them an opportunity to thrive. That's what the US is all about.

      June 23, 2014 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  5. Olga

    June 19, 2014 at 1:55 am | Reply
  6. 2L

    I thought they would overwhelmingly vote for gay marriage

    June 18, 2014 at 7:38 am | Reply
    • Scrotus

      And for the guys wearing dresses and make-up at work.

      June 19, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
  7. Olga


    TRUTH about Donbass and South-Eastern Ukraine!

    People protest against the brutal Kiev government, destroying the civilian population!

    June 18, 2014 at 5:19 am | Reply
    • kurt

      Please take your russian propoganda to an article about the Ukraine.

      We don't want to hear the spin about how "freedom fighters" somehow got russian tanks and weapons to fight the Ukranian governmen and are upset that they're getting shot while trying to forcibly annex part of another country into Russia.

      At least not when the topic is US election politics.

      June 20, 2014 at 10:19 am | Reply
  8. Vince

    That will be hard to do...if you supported the Patriot Act in the first place.

    June 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Reply

      Or Obama's extending and modifying it making it much more intrusive.

      June 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  9. Hector Slagg

    Intelligence Gathering has been going on even before the U.S. Constitution. It is a "necessary evil". Now it is what the Militant Muslams are up to. Erternal Vigilance is the price of freedom. During the second world war there was intelligence to keep Hitler from getting the Atomic bomb. As much as we would like it to be, it isn't a warm fuzzy world out there. Obama made the mistake in believing the Iraq peace was won. When Marco Polo went China he did a lot of traveling by water because of Bandits, Thieves, Highway Men, Robbers and other all around nice guys. Nothing has changed. If someone can hack your credit card they will.

    June 17, 2014 at 11:47 am | Reply
  10. The Entire GOP Platform In A Single Paragraph

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    June 17, 2014 at 10:10 am | Reply
    • Typical Low Information Government For Me

      The Entire DEM Platform In A Single Paragraph
      The DEM Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear obama...With your ability to get idiots like me to believe your BS,, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Rich, White, Christian, Female, and Straight people into our slaves. Then, with your weakness and lack of leadership and understanding of government, we will whip them until they are older, sicker, poorer, mixed, atheist, other, and in general like me. Or until they are dead..... All mighty liar in chief...Grant us the continued lack of knowledge so the we may blindly follow your perpetual screw ups and destruction of democracy......and to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed our younguns when America is attacked again because of your stupidity in releasing saviour and king ...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly lie as good as you, blame Bush, say I didn't know until I heard it on the news, blame it on a video, not a smiggen of corruption, tell them the can keep (fill in blank), we are not spying on Americans, ........PLEASE TAX THE RICH AND TAKE ALL THEIR MONEY I NEED MORE FREE STUFF!!!..........and screw the middle class because I don't want to be like them i just want what they got.........PLEASE DON'T LET LOW INFORMATION PEOPLE LIKE ME KNOW THEY COULD GET MORE MONEY BY INVESTING INSTEAD OF SS AND PLEASE, PLEASE, DON'T TELL IGNORAMUSES LIKE ME MEDICARE IS LIKE THE VA MESS!!! In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)......uhm!!!!tanks my superbeingyoubemygod......

      June 18, 2014 at 9:54 pm | Reply
      • ARMYCSM

        YOU LOSE! Yours was hateful, spiteful just like the party that represents you. It wasn't lite and funny!!!

        June 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm |
      • Typical Low Information Government For Me

        YOU LOSE! Yours was hateful, spiteful just like the party that YOU represent. Mine wasn't suppose to be lite and funny!!!

        June 24, 2014 at 9:27 pm |
  11. kurt

    Millenial voters are not single issue voters in any way, shape or form.

    Yes, most millenial voters are against the NSA spying program... or more particularly the active electronic surveillance piece of NSA spying. But if you think you can JUST focus on that one issue when it comes to that voting block then you'll be shooting yourself in the foot.

    I'm a "borderline" millenial. Most say that generation is for people born around 1981 or later and I was born in '79. You're mistaken if you think one issue drives this group. Some care about it a lot. Others are EXTREMELY anti-war as their primary issue. Some are VERY big into gay rights. Others are huge into marijuana legalization. Many are pro-immigration reform (or pro-amnesty if you will).

    Few are religious. Many feel no desire to ever get married. 50% have kids outside of marriage. They tend to be in favor of social programs like food stamps, unemployment insurance and welfare.

    There is a reason this generation has voted primarily democrat. Yes, the NSA stuff is an issue the GOP can pounce on and perhaps use to gain some ground... but unless they become liberal on a lot of other issues and abandon the "religious" bent they have currently (which is a big turnoff for a huge percentage of millenials), they're never going to win the demographic. The best hope is to lose by a lower margin (kind of like how GW Bush did in his elections with Hispanics... he didn't win the demographic, he just lost by a smaller margin).

    June 17, 2014 at 9:41 am | Reply
    • 2L

      I'm nowhere near a millennial (53), but I totally agree, esp. on social issues. I hear the same thing from younger classmates I interact with in law school.

      June 18, 2014 at 7:42 am | Reply
      • Hector Slagg

        Amnesty? I hope you are prepared to pay for it. With the current conditions on the southern border Amnesty is a dead issue for the next thousand years. The Un Documented here now are going to have it rough the rest of their lives and their children also a good portion of their lives. With the current job situation the un documented are going to attach themselves to the welfare system where the tax payers will foot the bill. In fact they will be no better off than if they were in their own country.

        June 19, 2014 at 10:58 am |
      • kurt

        Hector, amnesty is actually popular nationally... even with the negative buzzwords attached, 60% or more of americans in various polls want amnesty of some kind. Some want to "secure the border" first (whatever that means), but they still favor amnesty.

        And why not? Let's not forget who started the amnesty process in politics. It was a Ronald Reagan plan (he was from California).

        I personally go back on what the roots of Americanism are in my mind... give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.

        Perhaps that just makes me idealistic... perhaps it makes me patriotic. But we should make it very easy for people to come over legally, work in this country and become american citizens. Immigrants have fueled our nation since it's inception. Turning away from that is turning away from what makes america great... you work hard and you get a better life. That's what america is about... and it confuses me that the "traditionalist" conservatives are against it.

        June 20, 2014 at 10:26 am |
      • common sense eludes liberals

        " I personally go back on what the roots of Americanism are in my mind... give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free."

        The key word here is FREE. Free to pursue the American Dream, like tens of millions (before) who made the sacrifices to (LEGALLY) become a part of America. Your American dream is for government to run all aspects of American lives. North Korea would suit you well

        June 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm |

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