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Grandchildren Working To Win Presidential Votes

Getting grandkids to visit usually requires a whopping dose of guilt.

Grandmamma Ripp said, "It's nice to have you here. You have to stay longer.!"

In Florida, something else was at work this weekend...at bagel shops and condo pools, grandkids like Emily Cahn were showing up on their own.

Grandmother Dorothy Cahn said, "All I heard was she's coming down and this thrilled me to no end because I hadn't seen her in two years."

But Hang on Grandma Dorothy...there are strings attached.

A new ad campaign starts with, "If you knew that visiting your grandparents could change the world would you do it? Of course you would."

It's called the great schlep and it calls for grandkids to get to Florida to convince their grandparents to vote for Obama.

An on-line push started by two jewish activists....to get young Jewish voters to visit their grandparents...and encourage them to vote for Barack Obama. Thousands signed up online and last weekend dozens criss-crossed the country, armed with talking points.

Andrew Steinzmetz came all the way from the university of pennsylvania.. His grandparents were easy. But their grandparents' friends were harder to convince.

It's no surprise to political science professor Joseph Uscinski who said, "Grandparents have very well-defined partisanship. If someone came to them and said I want you to vote for this one or that one, that's probably not going to have that much of an affect.

Which may explain why their competition...young republicans...are looking for votes at tail-gaiting parties instead of retirement homes.

College student Harout Samra said, "You'll hear from a lot of young people that this is the most important election of their lifetimes-short lifetimes, but lifetimes nonetheless.

Still, for Jewish grandparents, the stakes are higher than ever this election.

The ad campaing goes on to say "If they vote for Barack Obama they're going to get another visit this year, if not just hope they stay healthy until next year."

Now that's political pressure.


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