CHARLOTTESVILLE - The White House says President Barack Obama is not monitoring the Republican national convention this week.
But the president told several thousand mostly college-age voters on Wednesday that they should be watching the event to help them decide how to vote in the November elections.
"In November, your voice will matter more than ever. And listen, if you doubt that, pay a little attention to what's happening in Tampa this week," Obama said.
Campaigning in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Democratic president said his focus was on Hurricane Isaac as it hit the Gulf coast, and he wanted to "make sure we are doing every single thing that we need to do" to help those affected by the storm.