Neva Grant, NPR
Nick Miccarelli is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
The 42 million 16- to 25-year-olds in the United States — roughly 14 percent of the population — will have a major impact on American society as they rise into adulthood. In a series of profiles on NPR's Morning Edition and PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Judy Woodruff looks at what makes Generation Next different from its predecessors.
Nick Miccarelli is a member of the National Guard and has served in Iraq. Now he's fighting on a political front at home. The 24-year-old is a College Republican and a political director for Pennsylvania Rep. Curt Weldon's bid for re-election, one of the most hotly contested races in the country.
Miccarelli says Weldon connects with people like him and his family.
"We're Catholic, blue-collar types," Miccarelli says. "We want secure jobs, and especially now, a secure country."
As part of the Generation Next series, Judy Woodruff asks Miccarelli about how he became interested in politics, and why he still supports the way the country's leaders are conducting the war in Iraq.