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Election 2012: What About Maine's Children?

PHOTO: picture of Charles Brunner. Courtesy of the Child & Family Policy Center.
PHOTO: picture of Charles Brunner. Courtesy of the Child & Family Policy Center.
August 20, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine - So far, the 2012 presidential race has focused variously on unemployment, job creation, tax cuts, the candidates' tax returns, even the London Olympics. What's missing? The executive director of the Child and Family Policy Center, Charles Brunner, says kids are virtually absent from the discussion in the presidential campaigns.

"There's been very little attention given to important child policy issues around children's health, education, child safety, family economic security, and ensuring all children have opportunities for success."

According to a report released by Brunner's group, in the past 20 Republican presidential debates, children's issues were only brought up two percent of the time. On the other hand, Brunner says, President Obama is not going out of his way to bring up children's policy issues either.

He says it is critical for leaders to discuss their plans to help improve health, safety and education for all children.

"For the first time in our country's history, our children face the prospect of growing up less healthy, living less-long lives and being less-equipped educationally to lead and compete in the world economy."

Brunner says the real key to the country's economic success is making sure the next generation is educated and productive.

Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - ME