Young Voters React to First Republican Presidential Primary Debate

In response to tonight’s Republican presidential primary debate, NextGen PAC President Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez released the following statement:

“One thing is clear following tonight’s debate: the extremist Republican Party is entirely out of step with the needs and values of young people in this country. Throughout this campaign, Republican candidates have repeatedly tried to position themselves as a ‘new generation of leadership,’ but have ignored every key issue that young voters see as essential to win our vote.

“Young people need leaders who prioritize climate action, not call the climate crisis a hoax. Republicans simply do not have a plan. Rather than address the countless issues we are concerned about, like the climate crisis, gun violence, LGBTQ rights, abortion access, or economic justice, the Republican candidates wasted time taking cheap personal shots and providing no real solutions to the problems facing us everyday.

“Make no mistake, Trump has hijacked the once conservative party and turned it into a party filled with corruption, impeachments, and indictments. In 2020, young voters supported Biden over Trump by a 24-point margin, and as more young voters start paying attention and getting involved in the 2024 race, those numbers will only get worse for Trump. We stopped him once and we are ready to do it again.

“Republicans’ problem with young people is not about messaging, it is about values. We want to see leaders that reflect our hopes for the future. And, as the largest voting bloc in the country, we have the power to make that happen. That’s why at NextGen PAC, we are committed to educating, mobilizing, and growing the democratic power of young people across the country. Republicans’ ideas belong to the past, and our movement is about building a better, more inclusive and prosperous future.”


About NextGen PAC
NextGen PAC’s mission is to empower young voters to engage in elections and ensure our government is responsive to the largest and most diverse generation in American history. We invite 18-to-35 year olds into our democracy to ensure our government works for them and to find new solutions to the dire challenges facing our country. NextGen PAC fights for a progressive future by growing and wielding the grassroots political power of young people on the ground and online.