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Gubernatorial Candidates Mum on Children’s Issues

October 22, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa - Economic issues dominated Thursday's final debate between Gov. Chet Culver and his Republican rival, Terry Branstad. Charles Bruner, executive director of the Child and Family Policy Center, was disappointed that neither candidate was questioned about anything to do with the health and well-being of Iowa's children. He says voters need to know where the candidates stand.

"What they're going to do in terms of the mental health, the nutrition, the obesity of our children - these are all things where state government has a fundamental role."

Bruner says economic development in Iowa actually begins with improving the lives of the state's children.

"Really fundamental to economic prosperity are the very issues around children and education that have not been raised in this campaign."

He says issues affecting children are also a budgeting priority, since 70 percent of the state's spending goes to families and children.

Bruner recommends voters seek information about the candidates' positions at The website was developed by the Center and 23 other organizations. It provides candidate's positions on 12 issues related to child policy.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA