Presidential campaigns reaching out to millennials in NC

Sean Astin. Photo Credit: WNCN CBS North Carolina

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Millennials are sure to be a key demographic for the presidential candidates as we get closer to November.

Both sides are making efforts to get out the vote in North Carolina.

“It is beyond time that our country hired a strong and powerful woman to become President of the United States,” said actor Sean Astin on Wednesday.

Sean Astin has starred in movies including Rudy, The Goonies and the Lord of the Rings.

He’s the most recent celebrity to make a stop in North Carolina campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

He spoke Wednesday to Clinton volunteers in Fayetteville.

“The two things that we’ve identified as being the most important to millennials are a college education and the ability to get a good paying job,” Astin said.

Astin said that reaching younger voters is important to the campaign.

“The women vote and millennials will make the difference in who becomes the next President of the United States,” Astin added.

Chelsea Clinton took a similar message to Greenville on Wednesday speaking to students about college affordability.

“The federal government should not be in the business of making a profit off helping people finance their dreams,” Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, said.

Meanwhile, two students at Campbell University created the Students for Trump organization last year.

Ryan Fournier and John Lambert know the importance of millennial voters, as well.

“There are so many students that want to help out with the campaign, reach out and help Donald Trump and get him elected,” Fournier said.

Their Twitter page has more than 38,000 followers.

“We focus on getting them involved through #trump, tailgating, going to events, going where students are .whether it’s football events, basketball, etc.  And we focus on getting them registered to vote,” said John Lambert.

There are only a few weeks left for voter registration in North Carolina with an October 14 deadline.

Both campaigns will work the phones and work social media to make sure people are registered.

“Hillary Clinton and the agenda that she has laid out are going to positively affect the lives of millions of people,” Astin said.

“It’s a blessing to see that there are so many students that want to get involved with the campaign,” Fournier said.