03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Carlson: Obama Campaign's Targeting Of Young Voters Has "Khmer Rouge Quality To It"

On the October 10 edition of MSNBC's Tucker, while discussing the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and its targeting of young voters in Iowa, host Tucker Carlson told guests -- nationally syndicated radio host Bill Press and contributing writer Matt Lewis -- "[Y]oung people like [Obama] anyway. ... [P]oliticizing children -- there's a Khmer Rouge quality to it. I think it's scary," adding: "[I]f a right-wing candidate came and targeted my kids, I'd be mad about it. I don't want my kids near political candidates. ... They're creepy."

The Khmer Rouge, headed by Pol Pot, was a brutal and repressive regime that ruled Cambodia in the mid- to late 1970s, leading "to the deaths of nearly a quarter of Cambodia's seven million people."

According to a Wall Street Journal report, a "quirk in Iowa election law" allows 17-year-old Iowa residents to caucus in January because they will be eligible to vote in the November 2008 presidential elections.

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