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updated: 9/6/2012 5:26 PM

Obama uses MTV to draw young viewers to speech

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  • Singer Marc Anthony performs during a sound check on day three of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday. President Barack Obama's prime-time nomination acceptance speech tonight at the DNC will be aimed at convincing voters that a slow economic recovery will accelerate if they give him a second term.

      Singer Marc Anthony performs during a sound check on day three of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday. President Barack Obama's prime-time nomination acceptance speech tonight at the DNC will be aimed at convincing voters that a slow economic recovery will accelerate if they give him a second term.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Barack Obama is turning to MTV to get young people to tune in for his speech at the Democratic Party's national convention.

Obama's campaign is running a television ad Thursday night at the end of the cable channel's annual movie awards show. It will air just minutes before the president is to speak.

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The ad is titled "Gotta Tune In" and encourages viewers to switch channels and watch the president accept his party's nomination.

Obama is scheduled to speak during the 10 o'clock hour in the Eastern time zone.

Obama's advantage with young people propelled him to victory in 2008. His campaign is seeking to maintain high levels of support among younger voters, even as they face an uncertain economy and shaky market.

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