Presidential Debate: Kids Ask The Questions!

Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: September 28, 2012

With the presidential candidates coming to town to debate at the University of Denver next week and mail ballots soon going out to voters, we asked Colorado children of all backgrounds what they’d ask the candidates. Then working with our partners at Children’s Hospital Coloradoand Every Child Matters, we produced a short video of their answers to encourage candidates for all offices to listen to issues important to kids. The comments and questions captured on film ranged from cute and silly to thoughtful and poignant.

Most importantly, the kids voiced important questions about education, health and safety. Unfortunately, analyses done this election seasons so far show that very little of the discussion and dialogue have included these critical issues, but you can help change that. Watch the video here and then share with your friends and family to help get kids’ issues into the 2012 election conversation.

Also, If you plan to watch the debate on Wednesday evening, join in a nation-wide conversation by tweeting about kids’ issues before, during and after with the #Kids2012hashtag.

Tara Manthey

About Tara Manthey

Tara McLain Manthey joined Colorado Children's Campaign as Communications Director in May 2012. She previously worked in communications at The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Aurora and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in Little Rock, Ark. Tara was a newspaper reporter covering education and government for nine years in Oregon, Washington state and Arkansas. A native of the Colorado mountain region and an alumna of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Tara lives in Denver with her husband and two small children.