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9/6/06-Tyler

"Spoiled, Yappy Dog" Running For Congress?

At some point this evening, you might get a political announcement.  There's a new breed of candidate for Congress, like the Spoiled, Yappy Dog.

They're funny messages that have hit the air, with a serious point targeted at young people.

"If you don't vote, then who are you electing?"

We spoke to some local college students who say they want to be part of the political process, but it's a two-way street.

"If you don't formulate your own opinions, then you don't know what you're voting for," says UT Tyler student Zachary Hubl.

One of the ads, featuring the "yappy dog" mentions he's "dependable, determined and house-broken."

"On November 7th, elect Spoiled, Yappy Dog to the House of Representatives.  Paid for by friends of Yappy Dog,"

Television viewers surely thought at first blush whether the world has gone mad.

"I think it gets the point across with just a little bit of humor that we're just not as involved as we could be," says UT Tyler sophomore Gina Huerta.

Another ad says "we need 'Bag of Leaves,'" displaying video of a large, black bag filled with leaves.  Another spot proclaims "Side of Hash Browns" should be the winner in the mid-term elections.

The ad campaign by the Ad Council and the Federal Voting Assistance Program targets the group of people commonly out of the political equation.

"They know that a lot of young people won't get there and vote so they send their attention toward the old people," says Paul Pickens, student at Tyler Junior College.

The college students we spoke with say young people feel disconnected from what's going on around them.

"It is a very busy schedule for students, and I think because of that, there is less involvement politically," says UT Tyler student Jennifer Claunch.

"I see the politicians. [Politicians are] not really being involved with the college students on campus," says TJC student Juan Garcia.

At the same time, they say few college students even know who represents them.

On these campuses, these students say more visits by politicians would prompt more of them to get involved.  

"I think they care, but they target around a certain age range, 30 and above," says Pickens.

Believing in who gets your vote, these students say, is just as important as voting itself.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.

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