Pollster Frank Luntz: GOP has 'lost' the millennial generation
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CLEVELAND — Republican pollster Frank Luntz on Tuesday told delegates at the Republican National Convention that the GOP has “lost” the millennial generation of voters. 

Addressing the South Carolina delegation, Luntz attributed the Democratic Party’s hold on younger adults to colleges and universities that he said are leading them toward socialism.

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"We have lost. It's not like we are losing, we have lost that generation. And I don't care if you are a Democrat, Republican, independent, none of the above. The fact that 58 percent [of millennials] say socialism is the better form of economics, that is the damage of academia,” he said at a breakfast event here.

“The No. 1 priority to me is what happens at universities. And yes, Capitol Hill matters, yes politics matter, but a whole generation is being taught by professors who voted for Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE. That’s a problem that begs for a solution.”

Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, identifies as a democratic socialist.

As Luntz spoke, one delegate muttered under his breath, “We are screwed.”

Turning to the presidential race, the pollster noted Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFormer Obama adviser Plouffe predicts 'historical level' of turnout by Trump supporters Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' MORE’s lead over presumptive GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE in the polls while noting the important role North Carolina could play in the fall.

“This is one of the toughest elections. Let’s be honest, she’s leading now,” Luntz said. “If anyone comes here and tells you this is going to be easy, they are trying to make you feel good, but they are not being helpful.” 

“Just because your state is a solid Republican state — thank God for that — the state just north of you matters. And if we can’t win North Carolina, then we have a problem.” 

Luntz’s speech had a casual tone, mixing in jokes about Sanders, Clinton and other Democrats.

“Bernie Sanders is so old, it takes him an hour and a half to watch “60 Minutes." ... He is so old, the only time he doesn’t have to pee is when he’s peeing,” Luntz quipped. 

On Clinton: “Clinton chose to live in Chappaqua, New York. Did you know that Chappaqua is Indian for separate bedrooms?”

“I know that I’ve got reporters in here — I just want to say to reporters that I do actually have a ‘Run Hillary Run’ bumper sticker on my car,” he said. “I just put it on my front bumper.”