Kids 2012: Get the Candidates Talking About Kids!
This Saturday, December 10, ABC will broadcast the next Presidential Debate. So far, child and youth issues have commanded only 2 percent of the debate discussion - despite the fact that children are one-quarter of our population and 100 percent of our nation's future.
Children and young people should not be at the bottom of our list of priorities. Together we can change this!
Please take a moment to use the ABC News and Yahoo! News "ask the Candidates" form to submit a question for the candidates. (We've got some sample questions to jump start your thinking.)
Then, use Twitter to ask your friends and colleagues to do the same. Use the hashtags #kids2012 and #IowaDebate and try to include @RNC and @ABC in your tweet, too. (Find sample tweets and Facebook posts below.)
Let's make this debate the starting point of a national discussion about ensuring our young people have access to the American Dream!
- How would you, as President, take action to ensure that children’s basic needs are met?
- What is your plan to improve public education across the country? And to ensure that children succeed in school and are prepared to lead?
- What should government do to ensure that children start school prepared for success?
- What would you do as President to ensure that children are healthy?
- What will you do to ensure families have access to quality, affordable child care?
- How can the government work to ensure that every American child is safe?
- How will you improve data sharing between agencies and organizations that serve children and youth to improve service delivery?
- As President, how will you ensure children are raised in nurturing families?
- What should government do to ensure that young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential?
*Thanks to Voices for America’s Children for letting us borrow some of their great questions from the new report Moving America’s Children into the Spotlight. For more questions you can use, check out Every Child Matters’ Questions for the Candidates.
Use hashtags #kids2012 and #IowaDebate. Target @RNC and @ABC.
- Submit your question about child & youth issues for the #IowaDebate today! #kids2012 http://bit.ly/uuuxZ6 (93 characters)
- @ABC #kids should be part of the #IowaDebate! #kids2012 http://bit.ly/uuuxZ6 (72 characters)
- Got a burning question about children & youth for the @RNC debate on Sat? Tell @ABC! #kids2012 http://bit.ly/uuuxZ6 (99 characters)
- I just told @ABC that children & youth are my priority. Are they yours? #IowaDebate #kids2012 http://bit.ly/uuuxZ6 (99 characters)
- 2% of debate questions for our #1 issue? Not cool, @RNC. Include #kids in the debate! #kids2012 #IowaDebate http://bit.ly/uuuxZ6 (110 characters)
- ABC News/Yahoo! News are looking for questions for this Saturday’s Republican presidential debate. Help us make sure child and youth issues are on the agenda! Submit your question here. (Not sure what to ask? We’ve got some suggestions!) http://bit.ly/uuuxZ6
- Children and youth are my top priority – are they yours? Then take a minute to submit your questions through the ABC News and Yahoo! News “Ask the Candidate” page. You can help make sure that child and youth issues are included at the next Republican presidential debate on Saturday, December 10, at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. http://bit.ly/uuuxZ6
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