Pelosi Backs Lowering the Voting Age to 16: 'Capture Kids When They're in High School'
Gianno Caldwell & Jason Nichols debate.
During her weekly press conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated her support for lowering the federal voting age to 16.
Pelosi (D-Calif) made the remark after she was asked about a recent House vote in which lawmakers rejected a proposal to let 16-year-olds vote in federal elections.
"I, myself, personally -- I'm not speaking for my caucus -- I, myself, have always been for lowering the voting age to 16," Pelosi said. "I think it's really important to capture kids when they're in high school, when they're interested in all of this, when they're learning about the government, to be able to vote."
She acknowledged that changing the voting age is "a subject of debate," but she reiterated that she would welcome that change.
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On "Fox & Friends" Friday, Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell said many Democrats support lowering the voting age believe they believe it will help them at the polls.
He noted that the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 by the 26th Amendment during the Vietnam War, after outrage over draftees being sent to fight -- and possibly die -- before they could vote.
"I think there's a difference between folks that are willing to put their lives on the line for our country ... and those who still need help from mom when they're being told to brush their teeth," Caldwell said.
Democratic strategist Jason Nichols said lowering the voting age is not an attempt at increasing Democratic voter rolls, but a way of "expanding our democracy."
"Young people, as we know, are usually much more open-minded than older people," Nichols said. "And if Republicans want to challenge for those votes instead of always suppressing votes -- whether it's young people, whether it's people of color -- they need to actually go out and try to recruit new voters."
Caldwell said 16-year-olds can get involved in politics on either side of the aisle, but they should not be voting until they are 18.
"Those folks don't have personal responsibility at that particular point," Caldwell said. "And the sanctity of our vote is something that should be cherished. It's a privilege and an honor to be able to vote, not something we should throw around to anybody who desires it."
Watch the "Fox & Friends" segment above.