Update #1 ·

Update on October 04, 2012

THANK YOU for pledging to lend your ear! The first 2012 Presidential debate is over and the candidates have spoken. So what did they have to say about America's children? Well for starters both President Obama and Governor Romney agree on investing in the education system and allowing kids to stay on their parents' health insurance plans until they are 26 years old. As it pertains to specific plans for investing in the next generation the candidates had this to say:

Governor Mitt Romney:
• Education is key, particularly the future of our economy.
• I want the kids that are getting federal dollars from IDEA or Title I (these are disabled, poor, or lower-income kids) to be able to go to the school of their choice. So all federal funds, instead of going to the state or to the school district, I'd have follow the child and let the parent and the child decide where to send their student.
• I don't want to cut our commitment to education. I wanted to make it more effective and efficient because I care about education for all of our kids.

President Barack Obama:
• We've got to invest in education and training which allows us to invest in our future.
• First, we've got to improve our education system and we've made enormous progress drawing on ideas both from Democrats and Republicans that are already starting to show gains in some of the toughest to deal with schools. We've got a program called Race to the Top that has prompted reforms in 46 states around the country, raising standards, improving how we train teachers.
• I want to make sure that we keep tuition low for young people.

Yesterday, you rallied to lend your ear for children! Before the first debate, you surpassed our goal of engaging at least 500 people to pledge to listen to the debates with an ear to what is being said about children. Today, over 500 more people have joined.

Now, over 1,000 strong, it's time for your say.

From your reaction to the candidates' mentions of children last night, what else should they be asked? What do you want them to address about children's issues? What questions should they answer about kids who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing maltreatment? What should be discussed if we are to start a serious conversation about what children and their families need to be safe and healthy?

Post your questions on the pledge page: http://www.causes.com/causes/63902-prevent-abuse-against-children/actions/1688195?utm_campaign=home
and keep sharing the pledge with your networks. As more people pledge to listen to the debates with an attention to what's being said about children, we will collect your "kids questions" for the candidates.

Next, we will check back in before the October 11 VP debate with action steps for getting your questions directly to the moderator. Together, we can raise the bar for children and families.

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