For conservative youths, a zeal to convert peers

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Mr. Kirby illustrated his point by noting that only one-third of those who voted for the libertarian Rep. Ron Paul in the Republican primary voted for Mr. McCain in the general election.

Technology was mentioned repeatedly in any discussion of what conservatives must do to reach young voters, with text messaging, Internet video and use of the social Web site Twitter being popular suggestions. Moshe Starkman, a District-area software developer and member of the Young Republicans, was on hand to promote YRNetwork.com, a social networking Web site he created for conservatives.

“We need to become technologically independent as best we can,” Mr. Starkman said, noting that the founders of Facebook and other popular technology firms helped fund or organize Mr. Obama’s campaign.

“Don’t just leave after speeches — become involved,” urged Charlie Smith, chairman of the College Republican National Committee, in a speech to attendees who wore orange “It’s our turn” stickers. “Conservative leaders all across the country want to know how to reach young people. We have to be there to tell them.”

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Kara Rowland

Kara Rowland

Kara Rowland, White House reporter for The Washington Times, is a D.C.-area native. She graduated from the University of Virginia, where she studied American government and spent nearly all her waking hours working as managing editor of the Cavalier Daily, UVa.’s student newspaper.

Her interest in political reporting was piqued by an internship at Roll Call the summer before her ...

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