The Romney, Bush & Clinton kids at the Tampa Improv in Ybor

When asked by Todd if he knew why the GOP was struggling in its efforts to win over young voters, Josh Romney stayed with the campaign's talking points, saying the election is about the economy, and if people "really understood the crisis we're in" with regards to the federal debt, they'd realize they should worry about the fiscal solvency of programs like Medicare and Medicaid.


"We won't have these programs when we retire unless we do something," he said, referring to the Paul Ryan plan (that Mitt Romney has sort of endorsed) that proposes drastic plans for those entitlements.


He also took umbrage at criticism that his father is so successful that he can't relate to the common man. "Would you rather have somebody be a failure?" he asked. "It's okay to be successful."


Later Todd and National Journal correspondent Jim Tankersley interviewed 31-year-old Illinois Republican Congressman Aaron Schock and the aforementioned George P. Bush, who is now 36 and lives in Texas working in real estate, as well as launching charter schools.


Their conversation veered mostly to education and how the government could improve it.


Schock questioned the wisdom that spending more taxpayer money on education equals a better result. He said it was critical for young people to truly think about what they want to do for a career before enrolling in a four-year institution.


George P. Bush said a problem was that teacher salaries are too low, in part because administrative salaries are too high. And he reached out to Democrats, saying that whoever wins the election this November should retain Education Secretary Arne Duncan, whom his father Jeb has also praised in the past.


The last exchange CL observed (convention duties called) was with the woman of the hour, Chelsea Clinton, who began her exchange with Matt Segal, the co-founder and president of OurTime.org, a nationwide non-profit network of young Americans promoting economic and voter empowerment.


Unlike much of the rhetoric espoused throughout the conversation, Segal was direct when asked why the younger generation (or millennials, as Clinton described the 18-29 generation that she said she is, sadly, no longer a part of) doesn't vote in the numbers that their elders do.


He said part of it was the divisive climate in D.C. which turns people off, and restrictions on voting that have occurred over the past two decades in state capitals controlled by Republicans.

  • Congressman Aaron Schock, George P. Bush, Jim Tankersley & Chuck Todd speaking at the Improv in Ybor

One of the panel discussions attrracting the most buzz this RNC week was a discussion about youth, perhaps because it featured NBC News correspondent Chelsea Clinton.

You probably know her best from her family pedigree, which was a bit of a theme at the event, which was held at the Tampa Improv. Another panelist was George P. Bush (son of Jeb, nephew of George W. and grandson of George H.W. Bush), and a third was Josh Romney, the third of the five sons of Mitt and Ann Romney.

Romney engaged in a one-on-one with NBC News' Chuck Todd, who joked that now that he's turned 40 he was no longer qualified to lead the conversation.

Josh admitted that after having gone through the 2007-2008 primary challenge, he wasn't initially up for his dad running for the highest office in the land once again.

"We had to think about it," adding that "It's an emotional rollercoaster. You know your dad is going to be taken out of context. So when it comes up, we know what to expect. You don't get upset."

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