Election 2012 Results and Going Forward
On November 6, 2012 voters re-elected Barack Obama as President of the United States and chose the lawmakers who will make up the new 113th Congress.
With 22% of U.S. children living in poverty and millions of kids still uninsured, CHF’s focus during this past campaign season was to ensure that children’s voices were represented. This is why CHFs President and Co-founder Dr. Irwin Redlener organized and lead a coalitionof six child advocacy leaders urging President Obama and Governor Romney to outline how they plan to address both the urgent short term and challenging long term needs of children.
Dr. Redlener was joined by Mark Shriver of Save the Children; Billy Shore of Share Our Strength; Geoffrey Canada of Harlem Children's Zone; Michael Petit of Every Child Maters; and Bruce Lesley of First Focus in putting pressure on the candidates to speak about their plans for kids. And many thanks to all the child advocates who joined with us and wrote the campaigns!
The Obama campaign emailed a response to our request while Governor Romney's campaign declined to provide a response. However, through our collective efforts, the media, as well as the candidates themselves and their VP’s began talking about poverty.
Congress still has work to complete this year, and CHF will continue to fight to ensure children are a national priority. Please check back for ways you can help!