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September 25, 2008 / allyo

Hey Sarah Palin?


Dear Member,

Yesterday, members tried to deliver our letter–signed by over 21,000 people–to Governor Sarah Palin’s office in Washington, D.C. The letter simply asked,  “Where do you stand?” on key issues of importance to moms and families.

But, we were turned away at the door.

When pressed, Palin’s staff told the group to drop the letter in the mail, refusing to acknowledge the crowd of moms (and adorable baby) who were in the office to hand deliver it.

Snail mail can take a while, and we want to make sure that this election covers more than moose burgers and body surfing.  All candidates–male, female, Democrat, Republican, and other–should speak to these issues. Some are, and others aren’t (1).  So, we’re bringing our questions to the next level:  getting our questions front and center in the Vice Presidential Debate on October 2nd.

Email PBS Senior Correspondent Gwen Ifill, who will be moderating the debate, to tell her you want these important questions asked:

The team has written five questions we’d like to see posed to both Palin and Biden in that debate (see the questions below (2)). Let’s get these questions to the debate moderator so the American public gets a chance to hear both candidates, side-by-side, answering the same questions.

When you click the link above, you’ll send a message to Gwen Ifill and cc both of the presidential campaigns to let them know that over 21,000 voters want to hear them talk about these issues (which impact millions of Americans) at the debate.

Tell your friends to email Gwen Ifill, too! She needs to know how deeply important  these issues are for millions of Americans–and that we demand they be addressed now!

Thank you!

–Kristin, Joan, Mary, Katie, Laura, Roz, Ashley, and the entire Team

1. MomsRising members are tracking all of the candidates’ speeches, tallying any mention of issues that impact moms.  See their tallies at  If you plan to watch the presidential debate tomorrow, September 26th, you can tally the issues, too!  Get your scorecard at — and keep an eye out for opportunities to get involved as the campaigns continue!

2. Our questions:

* Right now, the birth of a child is the number one cause of a “poverty spell” in America, and 1/4 of families with young children are living in poverty. Do you support a policy to provide paid family and medical leave to parents following birth or adoption of a new child?

* Nearly 1/2 of all full-time, private sector workers in the U.S. have no paid sick days. Do you support a policy to provide paid sick days for workers to use when they or their children get sick?

* In most American families, both parents work outside the home.  Please tell us what your administration would do to help parents secure excellent, affordable childcare?

* Studies show that moms are paid 73 cents and single moms are paid about 60 cents to the dollar for doing the exact same job as men. Do you support the Fair Pay Restoration Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act?

* A child is born every 41 seconds without healthcare.  What kind of Health Care Policy could Americans expect in your administration?


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  1. LittleWit / Sep 25 2008 10:57 pm

    I think those are all very reasonable questions. Kudos to your organization for working on finding the answers!

  2. dillymae / Sep 26 2008 10:25 pm

    Great questions!

    I work in healthcare so I see alot first hand. I actually had a woman ask me if there was anyway we could assist her with paying for a package of tylenol. She told me she has about $5.00 per week left over after her bills, childcare food etc. but she has been trying to save it for heating fuel because she doesnt know if she will get fuel assistance this year because she has a job. Its a sad state alot of people are in. The working poor are not making ends meet. Anyway, I am glad there are organizations out there that are asking the necessary questions.

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