The voters of Iowa, in a poll, say that children, youth and families are issues they consider to be important. Most, but not all, of the Presidential candidates address these on their web sites, some in great detail. You do not have to be from Iowa to have these concerns, but Iowa has one of the first caucuses in the nation and as such, the fact that a candidate addresses their issues will play a big part not only in Iowa, but in the rest of the election.
The Every Child Matters Organization commissioned their own poll to find out what the voters of Iowa thought about the importance of a candidate having a position, and an agenda on children. And this is the result. Iowa caucus participants want candidates for President to provide a comprehensive agenda describing what they would do to meet the needs of children, youth, and families. 89% of Democratic participants and 79% of Republican participants say that it is important for candidates for office to have a comprehensive children’s agenda with large numbers of voters on both sides finding it very important. Women show more intensity about this than men with Democratic women strongest in their opinion.
How do the candidates rate regarding children’s issues? A Candidates Campaign web site is their place to showcase the issues that matter the most to them. Their words are there for all to see for as long as the site exists. Newspapers get thrown out, TV and Radio fade , but the web site is there 24/7 and no one can say they did not say what is on the web site. The candidates that have children youth and family issues on their web sites are below. See if you agree with their take on the situation
Senator Brownback talks about education on his web site: “When we ignore poorly performing schools, we also ignore every student in those schools, thereby allowing an achievement gap to persist. It is imperative that we close the achievement gap and provide our nation’s students with a productive learning environment that challenges and encourages intellectual stimulation.”
Rudy Giuliani is another candidate who discusses education: “As Mayor, Rudy Giuliani worked to reform the nation’s largest public school system, with over 1 million school children. He increased school funding and hired new teachers, while insisting on reforms that ended social promotion, abolished principal tenure, and created a Charter School Fund. Rudy is also a strong supporter of school choice, believing that it is one of the great civil rights issues of our time.”
Mike Huckabee talks about education “I believe that every child in America has the right to a quality public education that teaches the fundamental skills needed to compete in a global economy.” and health care “The health care system in this country is irrevocably broken, in part because it is only a “health care” system, not a “health” system. We don’t need universal health care mandated by federal edict.”
Duncan Hunter has an extensive discussion on children and family matters on his web site.
Mitt Romney talks about education.
Tom Trancredo is another candidate with a position on education.
Tommy Thompson is another candidate who feels education is an important issue.
Joe Biden Senator Biden address the issue of Higher Education on his web site.
Hillary Clinton has a whole section on supporting families and children.
Chirs Dodd. Senator Dodd has education as one of his top issues .
Barack Obama Senator Obama talks about improving education.
Mike Gravel also talks about education.
Bill Richardson also thinks education is an important issue.
Source: Every Child Matters http://www.everychildmatters.org/