The Washington Times - September 2, 2008, 11:14AM

MINNEAPOLIS, MN | Virginia delegates here this morning heard perhaps one of the more unique and off beat strategies for propelling John McCain to the presidency.

Republicans can keep young voters who support Democratic nominee Barack Obama at home by giving their young relatives and friends gift cards to iTunes and Starbucks that are good only on Nov. 4, election day.

“That’s the only way to keep them away from the polls,” said Kellyanne Conway, president of The Polling Company, during a breakfast with the delegates at their hotel near the University of Minnesota.

Mrs. Conway told the delegates that Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, can only win if young voters stay home like they usually do in elections.

In other national and statewide races, Republicans “will get their clocks cleaned up and down the ticket,” Mrs. Conway said.