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February 19th, 2008
01:07 PM ET

One superdelegate on the elephant in the room: Am I too young?

Editor's note: Jason Rae is a Democratic superdelegate from Wisconsin. Rae has been courted by both campaigns and agreed to blog for 360° about his experiences. He was a guest on 360° last week. (WATCH JASON ON 360°

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After my appearance on AC360° last week, I received hundreds of e-mails. They covered the spectrum, from people saying they wished me the best of luck to people who couldn't believe I'm a college student on the Democratic National Committee.

The ones that disturbed me the most suggested that I'm too young to be a superdelegate. One wrote, I have "no life experience."

Sure, I'm 21 years old and have never voted in a presidential election before. But what does that matter? I have spent years already being involved with the party. I used to ride my bike to county party meetings and put off doing homework so I could volunteer for candidates. To some, that isn't enough. They want someone older, more experienced.

I think it is actually great to have someone like me as a superdelegate. It's great that superdelegates can be a diverse group of people. It's great that we have people from all generations helping to decide the party's nominee.

Just because I haven't voted before in a presidential election, I don't think that should preclude me from having a say now, should it? Don't you want someone from America's newest generation of voters to help determine who will win the nomination?

I thank you all for your e-mails and comments, but I'll be honest. I don't think I'm too young.

– Jason Rae, Democratic Superdelegate


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