Young voters, who played a high profile role in the 2008 presidential race, are showing a relatively tepid response to the 2012 contest. But neither campaign is giving up on the historically hard to get demographic.
In 1972, Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern chose the young senator as his running mate. Just 18 days later, Eagleton was forced to drop out. The incident forever changed the way presidential candidates pick their No. 2s.
The race continues to heat up, with Republican National Convention ads using President Obama's promise of "change" against him and continued calls for Mitt Romney to release his pre-2010 tax returns to the public. Host Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic.
Congress wrapped up its summer work to take the remainder of August off. NPR's David Welna joins guest host Susan Stamberg to explain what Congress accomplished, and what's left on the must-do list before the November election.
That Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is even being considered as Mitt Romney's running mate is somewhat remarkable. Her state has just four electoral votes, and Ayotte has been a U.S. senator for less than two years. But as Romney nears his choice, Ayotte remains in the discussion.
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