A number of mom bloggers, myself included, have been reaching out to presidential candidates asking for time on their schedule to meet with them--to discuss the issues that are important to us as voters. As I mentioned in my invitation to the candidates, the concerns of our nation are OUR concerns. We care for our children. We care for our parents. We care for spouses. Anything that affects them affects us. It's as simple as that.
Now I have yet to receive any RSVPs, but one of my colleagues on the Chicago Moms Blog did receive a response to a similar invitation she issued to the Obamas.
Thanks again for your interest and understanding.
Talking to mothers (mothers with blogs no less) is so unimportant to the Obama campaign that they can't find time for the wife of the candidate to meet with this group for one hour some time in the next 13 months? What's with the Women for Obama page on your site? We certainly seem important there.
And we're supposed to think that you'll listen to us once you get into office?!!!
Don't even get me started on my whole "it's mommies we can send the wife to cover this one" tirade.
I just wonder. Have any your consultants looked at the voter files lately? Have they missed the fact that women are more likely to vote on Election Day? That, as Mr. Obama put it just last Friday,
"Women have always made the difference in every election, and this year, your voice, your hope will be the deciding factors in forging a new future for America."
My offer still stands to all the rest of the candidates. My house, mom bloggers and snacks.
Just let me know when. I'll see if I can fit it in. Don't worry though, if I can't maybe my husband could stand in for me.
Until the candidates figure out that we're worth talking to, I decided to go and see what they had to say about issues. This exercise alone was informative, entertaining and, in some cases, down right horrifying.
Some of them get it, and some of them don't.
I give you the Issues sections (or the closest thing I could find to it) from the Presidential candidates of each major political party currently registered with the Federal Election Commission.
Joe Biden (D)
Sam Brownback (R)
Hillary Clinton (D)
Chris Dodd (D)
John Edwards (D)
Mike Gravel (D)
Rudy Guiliani (R)
Mike Huckabee (R)
Duncan Hunter (R)
Dennis Kucinich (D)
John McCain (R)
Ron Paul (R)
Bill Richardson (D)
Mitt Romney (R)
Tom Tancredo (R)
Fred Thompson (R)