College Republicans protest outside Obama rally

Posted at 2:21 AM, May 06, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-06 02:31:14-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A group gathered to protest outside Barack Obama’s rally at VCU’s Siegel Center Saturday.

Members of the College Republican Federation of Virginia said they were protesting for several reasons.

For one thing, the group said youth unemployment is at an all-time high and that the president made promises to young people in 2008 that he did not keep.

The group specifically took issue with Obama’s promise to help graduates find jobs and enter the workforce after graduation.

“Today, college students are graduating all across the Commonwealth and they face the harsh reality that one-in-two will be unemployed or underemployed," said College Republican Federation of Virginia’s Michael Cogar.

Cogar also said that many of the grads will end up living back at home with their parents and likely working at a fast-food restaurant.

The College Republican Federation of Virginia said the youth unemployment rate is on average the highest it has been since World War II.