In June, the Iowa AARP hosted a round of forums for the 2020 presidential candidates, in which they were all posed questions from the moderators and the audience. A few of our coalition members attended on our behalf, and were able to get questions to the candidates.
At the top of Marianne Williamson’s time block, our children’s advocate Jean Carlson asked Williamson what she planned to do as president to make sure that our public schools were adequately funded and staffed- including mental health professionals for the students. Williamson’s answer described suffering and trauma amongst children and caregivers and warned that not addressing those will harm our future. As president, she said, she would mandate high-quality education for every child and wants each school to be “a palace of learning, a palace of culture, a palace of the arts.”
We know that senior Iowan’s with children and grandchildren care about those family members’ needs as much as their own, as well as the opportunities and hardships of kids and grandkids in their families.
That’s why we weren’t surprised that older Iowa voters joined others in most commonly selecting kids as a high priority in a reputable survey recently.
The Children’s Policy Coalition is calling on every presidential candidate to address the issues affecting children and families. Candidate responses are shared here for informational purposes only. The Children’s Policy Coalition does not endorse candidates or parties. We’re caucusing for kids!