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US Election Updates - August 30, 2012

Obama takes part in online chat session in bid to woo student voters

President Barack Obama took part in an online chat with young people on Wednesday and discussed the White House beer recipe, money in politics, and the war in Afghanistan.

Obama has set out to garner students' votes on a two-day college tour in the battleground states of Iowa, Colorado and Virginia.

His campaign has been eager to have him appeal to young people in Internet venues such as "reddit," where he held the chat session.

A picture of the president typing away on a laptop during a stop in Virginia was provided on the website as evidence that it was actually Obama taking the questions.

During the chat, Obama admitted the country may have to amend the Constitution in order to repeal the Supreme Court's decision in the 2010 "Citizens United" case that enabled outside groups known as Super PACs to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns.

"Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn't revisit it)," he said. "Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight on the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change."

When asked about a White House-brewed beer that has recently gained attention in the press, Obama promised the recipe would be revealed.

"It will be out soon!" he said. "I can tell from first hand experience, it is tasty."

He also discussed what he would do at the end of the November 6 polls, as he pinned his hopes on the youth vote that could steet him to victory Republican rival Mitt Romney.

"Win or lose, I'll be thanking everybody who is working so hard - especially all the volunteers in field offices all across the country, and the amazing young people in our campaign offices," he typed.