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Questions Submitted for the PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES

September 29, 2008

These are some of the many many questions submitted to the WMC for the Presidential Debates! To read about our campaign, and the resulting invitation from Bob Schieffer to accept WMC questions, click here:

• What will you do to ensure that all working Americans are given paid sick leave to take care of themselves, their children or family members?
• Do you support same-sex marriage?
• Both candidates talk about cutting taxes. I want to hear more about how we are going to pay for the Iraq war. We have never had a war without raising taxes to pay for it. Why are we borrowing money for it? Why are we making ourselves more vulnerable to China and leaving this debt for our children? What do you intend to do about it?
• The American Public System is defunct and not working for the students for which it was intended. What plans do you have to move our schools into more modern administration? Are your plans strong enough to buck the powerful teachers union?
• Will you ratify CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women)?
• Mr. McCain: You believe that women have lower pay because they have less education.. What statistics can you share that supports that and what would you do to improve educational opportunities for women?

• Much has been said during this election season about sexism in our country. Senator Obama, you were silent while Sen. Clinton experienced rampant sexism during the primary season, and reports say that you pay your female staffers less than the male. Senator McCain, you said in 2000 that making abortion illegal would result in the death of many women due to unsafe procedures, but now you oppose abortion and say you would try to overturn Roe v. Wade. Further, you picked a vice president who is against abortion even for rape victims. Given these records of failing to stand up for women's rights, what will you do as President to change this pattern and be an advocate for equality?
• What will you do to help family caregivers of elderly parents who are mostly women? Research shows that many caregivers experience the "caregiver's glass ceiling" - losing hundreds of thousands of dollars over a lifetime in lost income, savings and pensions due to caregiver responsibilities that prevent them from moving ahead in their career.
• We've heard a lot of talk about how a female candidate would handle work and family responsibilities. What would your administration do to improve the ability of ordinary Americans to be a good employee AND a good family member?
• For Barack Obama. Why aren't the women on your campaign staff paid as much as the men, since you are supposed to be for eqqual pay?
• Research shows that more progress for women's pay has been made under republican administrations, what are the keys to achieving "equal pay for equal work"?
• Name one concrete thing you will do--not just propose bills--to encourage women's equality if you are elected.
• What are your views on urban renewal policy? Do you have plans to offer subsidies or incentives for cities to invest in their mass transportation or public green space?
• What will you be doing to eliminate the gap in wages between women and men doing the same work?
• Thus far most people seem stuck on the Roe issue. BUT, women are SO very much more than their reproductive organs and to assume that Roe is the only issue women care about is a grave mistake. In what areas concerning women's rights OTHER THAN REPRODUCTIVE ISSUES will you focus and in what way?
• Would you call yourself a feminist? If not, why not?

• Are you for or against equal pay for equal work for women? If you are for it, what have you done to advance it. If you're against it, why?
• For McCain: If you are for transparency in government, why did your campaign send a team of lawyers to Alaska to shut down the investigation - where Gov. Palin said "hold me accountable" - that was started even before Palen was chosen as your running mate?
• For McCain: Not very many people realize that you worked to have Vietnam POW records classified? What was your role in this and why shouldn't the public view these records?
• For both candidates: What is your stance on requiring employers to offer comprehensive coverage for all FDA approved contraceptive methods?
• What, if anything, will you do to enforce the corporate/financial regulations that have not been adequately enforced thus far, contributing to the current financial crisis?
• Mr. McCain, Please explain to the American people why you voted for the Commodity Futures Modernization Act and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act which removed the Wall Street protections put in place after the 1929 Market Crash. Protections that could have protected us from the economic crisis we are facing now.
• Please explain how you will ensure that working women in America will receive equal pay for equal work if you are elected. We'd like to hear not only your proposals, but the ways in which you'd enforce them, and how you'd fund that enforcement.
• As President of the United States how would you reduce the national debt without raising taxes on the middle class?
• What do you think of the Health and Human Services Department's new regulation that would allow even clerks in stores to refuse to sell birth control items?
• "America's dirtiest little secret" is that batterers quite often get custody of children in the US family court system. When is this dirty little secret going to be found out? Battered women deserve to be believed by judges, not regarded as vindictive liars trying to retaliate. Battered women deserve to have their children, not to have them handed over to abusive fathers who claim the mothers "alienate" them. Battered women deserve a voice, plain and simple.
• Our Justice system has excluded most of the population by being too expensive, protracted, and irrational benefiting only the insiders with huge income while devastating lives. What will you do to correct the judicial system allowing fair access to the citizens.
• My mother has been suffering with dementia for a long time. What will you do to help Americans who are suffering with Alzheimer's disease and other memory related illness.

• I'm from Michigan and when Senator McCain was in the state for the Primary, he told us the jobs that left our fine state were gone for good. Now he's in Grand Rapids, telling us don't worry, it's going to be better. Since neither he nor Ms. Palin saw fit to offer any specifics regarding his economic plan, would you do so now, and please, no "I will do this" statements that were so prolific in his acceptance speech. I want to hear, "this is how I'm going to do it" with factual specifics.....and don't flip-flop, because we might think you're John Kerry.
• Why are you advocating tax cuts for anyone when this will only leave the burdens of our decisions on the shoulders of our children?

• To both candidates -- if you become president, what are your planned initiatives to achieve gender equality? In particular, will you commit to finally passing the ERA in 2009? Will you create and enforce laws to guarantee equal pay for women? And do you have plans to create government programs or encourage corporate programs to help single parents with the primary care of children and elders so that they can stay valued and continued contributors to the workforce and thus our great country's GNP. From Amy Sewell, NYC writer/filmmaker -- Mad Hot Ballroom, What's Your Point, Honey mother of two "everything" mom w/ Chapstick!
• Both of you have proposed tax cuts. Considering the current economic situation, is that wise?
• Senator Obama, as the Democratic Nominee, what did you do to advocate for a woman to be a moderator in these debates?
• In 2005, the Deficit Reduction Act cut out a specification in Medicaid that allowed hundreds of clinics to provide contraception to women at a substantially discounted rate. Though legislation has repeatedly been introduced to remedy this crisis, solutions have been cut out of greater bills each time, and many women remain without access to affordable contraception. This is only one aspect of the many issues plaguing women in this country; if you were elected president, what would you do to address problems like these?
• How will your administration work to address the critical issue of violence against women including domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking?
• What is your opinion on the Lilly Ledbetter Supreme Court decision? Will you enforce the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act? How?
• Why do you support/not support the Equal Pay for Equal Work act?
• Why do you support/not support the Equal Pay for Equal Work act?
• How will you ensure that Americans' civil rights and civil liberties are not trampled upon by members of the Supreme Court?
• In light of the new "consience rule" proposed by HHS and the current administration which will make it harder for women in small cities to have access to all reproductive options, how do you plan to alter the Bush Faith Based funding initiative?
• What will you do to insure a fair and legal election, including papertrail voting and prosecution of anyone engaging in voter "caging".
• There is an online initiative to petition, you, the candidates, to commit to establishing a Presidential Commission for Gender Equality as one of your first acts as our next President. Will you commit to establishing such a commission. If so, what issues would be highlighted on your commission?
• How do you intend to improve the international image of the United States?
• Would it bother you to have a Muslim family living next door?
• I'm looking for the candidates view of rolemodels for our daughters in NATIONAL politics, and why. Specifically to their selection for this important role, how were their votes cast, or legislation proposed to uplift women in America? And also as important, what has President Bush's administration done to improve Women's rights, specifically?
• For both Senators Obama and McCain: Do you find it surprising that the moderators of this debate are all men, and that there are no women on the panel this evening? Given that over half of the electorate are women, what will you do to insure that women have more equal representation in the political arena, whether it is in the media, or in the Senate?
• When will I get health insurance as good as congress without paying an arm and a leg.
• Will you commit to increasing funds for domestic and sexual violence prevention education in our schools and communities? Do you believe the American people should be forced to take on responsibility for half a trillion dollars in bad debt and bad corporate decisions without being asked? Will your administration seek redress from the many hundreds of wealthy corporate executives with golden parachutes who made all these bad decisions and demand repayment of their ill-gotten gains to the American people? Finally, which one of you will be the first to request that women be given equal access as moderators and questioners at your debates, or will you simply continue to accept a "manstream" media that ignores women's voices?
• Will you work effectively to support the passing of the equal rights ammendment?
• Domestic violence is one of the most pressing world-wide problems today. We have made many strides in holding the batterer responsible for his violent behavior, helping him to change his behavior and protecting the woman in the criminal courts. However, the family courts, where women go to obtain a divorce when the batterer does not stop his violence, are putting the women and children back into danger with the presumption of shared custody. The continued power and control over women and children model domestic violence behavior for these children and create a new generation of abusers and abused women. What would you do to encourage states and Congress to pass legislation to better protect women and children in the family courts so that batterers cannot continue to harass and abuse them through their continued power and control over them by persuading judges to take custody away from the mothers or holding them hostage by refusing to permit them to move to another community for safety?
• While women fully share the burdens of the workplace in America, across all fields of endeavor they are being closed out of the highest decision-making positions. At this time when our country is facing so many different and difficult challenges, can we afford to turn a blind eye to practices which discriminate against some of our most talented citizens on the basis of their gender? How might we you as a leader and we as a nation address the crippling influences of sexism in our lives and in the media's representations of our lives?
• Do you think women are naturally different from men, or is gender socially constructed? How does your view explain issues like the wage gap, reproductive rights, and violence against women?
• Senator Obama, Why did you accept votes intended for Senator Clinton and why did you not ask her to be VP? Senator Obama, Why do you give credit to your grandmother for being a remarkable and successful woman, yet you never bring her out to the public, your family did not visit her when you all went to Hawaii and you publicly called her a "typical white woman?" Senator Obama, Why do you refuse to recognize that women are an important component to the election this year yet you continue to discount their role in politics and discredit their ability to do the job and get it done correctly?
• What is your position on the proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services that would govern family planning. It would require that any health care entity that receives federal financing — whether it’s a physician in private practice, a hospital or a state government — certify in writing that none of its employees are required to assist in any way with medical services they find objectionable.
• McCain: Defend your decision to ask Sarah Palin to be the VP on your ticket, since she evidently lacks sufficient knowledge about how national government works and exhibits little respect for the process and those who currently devote their lives and talents to making it work. Thanks, Rev. Dr. Joan W. Ward, Pinehurst NC
• Obama: I am heartsick you did not ask Hillary to be VP on your ticket. I am, however, a former Delawarean much of my life and think highly of Joe Biden. Will you Hillary to be part of your cabinet so her talent and influence l
• Obama: I am heartsick you did not ask Hillary to be VP on your ticket. I am, however, a former Delawarean much of my life and think highly of Joe Biden. Will you ask Hillary to be part of your cabinet as Secretary of State? Thank you, Rev. Dr. Joan Ward Pinehurst, NC
• Cabinet members are the Executive Branch Generals. They reflect the president's management style -- and can demonstrate philosophies that range from dictatorial to inclusive. George W. Bush has been criticized for hiring yes-men to those posts, and for ignoring advice counter to his own preconceived judgments. But not even the modern military wants generals who don't think for themselves and use good judgement based on changing circumstances. What philosophy will drive your Cabinet selections? Give us an example of how you will run your Cabinet. Who you are considering for its posts?
• What will YOU do to push the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) forward for ratification? President Carter signed it, but the it's been in limbo with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since then. The United States is the only industrialized country that has not ratified CEDAW. By not ratifying, the US is in the company of countries like Iran, Sudan, and Somalia, and thus, depriving half of humanity of their rights and dignity.
• We've heard a lot about the troubles in the Department of Justice over the past couple of years. Would you agree that there are problems? And if so, what would you do to change them? And finally, what are you looking for in an Attorney General?
• Across the country, domestic and child sexual abuse cases are routinely being mishandled. Women reporting abuse often lose custody to domestic violence offenders and child molesters due to use of so-called "Parental Alienation Syndrome" (PAS) legal maneuvering which was designed to conceal evidence while shifting blame to women trying to protect and maintain custody (and meaningful contact) with their children post-divorce. Section 201 Findings, originally intended for inclusion in the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), identified use of PAS as endangering children. Yet, references to PAS inexplicably disappeared and have not been included in authorization/reauthorization of the VAWA. In 2006, the Town of Fairfax, CA adopted "Resolution 2466", calling on legislators at all levels of government to work toward addressing the use of PAS via changes in state and federal law and re-inserting Section 201 anti-PAS findings/language back into the VAWA. As president, what steps would you take toward this goal? What other steps would you take to ban use of PAS to vilify and punish women and children trying to escape abuse, and to ensure proper adjudication of domestic and child abuse cases (including appropriate prosecution of offenders and not victims)?
• Victimless crimes such as marijuana use or prostitution nedd to stop taking resources away from law enforcement whereby LE could be using these resources to keep sex offenders OUT OF SOCIETY,OFF THE STREETS. One child pornographer or ,sexual offender can murder an integral part of many lives ,yet live in a neighborhood? What can you do about that?The destruction of another human being doesnt end with one incident of sexual offense.Like domestic violence ,it remains a cyclical force of destruction and can continue through generations .What will do do about that?
• The day you become president, what will be the five most important items on your to-do list?
• I want someone to ask the inane question they asked Hillary Clinton: "Diamonds or pearls?"
• What will you do to increase family planning services available in public health?
• What will you do to prevent violence against women and children in our own country? How will your administration stand up to domestic violence and teach young men to respect women? What will you do about the elements in our pop culture that devalue women and teach both men and women that women do not deserve to be treated with respect?
• Why is no one being prosecuted for participating in practices that led to the need for taxpayers to cover the takeover of a half-trillion dollars in worthless mortgages and other bad debt held by tottering institutions?
• How does the cost of the Iraqui war compare to the half-trillion dollar cost of worthless mortgages and bad debts held by "venerable" institutions?
• If Roe vs. Wade is overturned would you approve that women could claim their developing fetus as a dependant on their income tax, from the time of conception, and as a viable life form worthy of life insurance coverage?
• Violence against women is an epidemic in the U.S. How do you plan to address the fact that somewhere between 15 and 30% of American women are raped in their lifetime?
• Senator Obama, our votes need to be counted fairly at the polls, and even if you won the election, your win may not be the result tallied in the voting machines? What good is any debate if the voting machines are unreliable?
• I'd like to ask both candidates: 1:Why crimes that are, for the most part, gender specific, such as rape, domestic violence against women, and sexual trafficking are not considered bias crimes, and treated as such under the law. 2. Why neither of them spoke up against blatant sexist slurs in the media during the primary campaign. 3.
• What experience must a Vice-President have in order to be ready should She/he have to be the President?
• Do you have any fresh ideas for helping elderly Americans who need some daily assistance to live independently, rather than in nursing homes, often on Medicaid?
• What can you as president of the US do to promote the rights, compensation, and representation in leadership roles for women equal to men?
• Lily Ledbetter learned that she had been paid less than all her male coworkers for 18 years. The Supreme Court said, sorry, you only had 180 days to file a claim from the first day the discrimination occurred, even if you didn't know about the discrimination. The Fair Pay Act would change this so that someone whose salary discrimination continued and affected them currently would be illegal. McCain says he opposes this because it would cause lawsuits against employers. Could he explain his opposition?
• NCLB -- No Child Left Behind -- is scheduled for reauthorization this year. Do you support this law or would you propose making changes? How do you plan on helping schools that do not meet the standards and how do you plan on supporting the high achieving students ignored by this law?
• NCLB -- No Child Left Behind -- is scheduled for reauthorization this year. Do you support this law or would you propose making changes? How do you plan on helping schools that do not meet the standards and how do you plan on supporting the high achieving students ignored by this law?

• When you are President, what will you do to reform the Family Law Courts that, across this country, consistently fail to protect children by granting custody to the abusive parent, who is in the vast majority of cases, male, and with greater economic resources with which to pursue litigation? What will you do to give greater voice to mothers currently discriminated against by a broken judicial system?
• What about the silencing of these court abused children? Will they ever get justice? What.., would you do? Sugar and spice and everything nice. This is suppose to every little girls life. What happens when life is not like that? What if your life is filled with constant abuse by the people who suppose to protect you? For little Katelynn of Indiana, her life is filled with this from a father, stepmother and father's family; everyone but her the relatives that love her have been deined the ability to see her. What happens when the police will not stop this? Than try Child Protection Service, but they will not stop this either. The next thing to do is go to the court. What would you do if the Child Protection Services and the court helped the abusers hurt her? The media might work but they ignore majority of average people. In this search for help, several politicians ignored or said stop bothering them. If these people will not help little katelynn of Indiana than who will? Will this little girl have to pay the ultimate price for these adults mistakes? Now...,what WILL you do?! This is Indiana's Shame and these words are Teardrops for Katelynn referral sources: www.courageouskids.net Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation :: Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories Aired on PBS http://www.mkacf.org/BreakTheSilence.htm Breaking the Silence http://sev.prnewswire.com/entertainment/20051019/CLW50819102005-1.html http://www.tatgelasseur.com/pages/bts.html Battered Women, Abused Children, and Child Custody: A NATIONAL CRISIS http://www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org/ Petition for Justice for Katelynn: http://www.gopetition.com/online/5918.html Don't let these little abused children be abused in silence anymore, please. Tell someone! Demand answers! Demand the children's truth! Above all break through this silence for theses abused childrens sake! No adults rights is greater than the right of the child to be safe!
• I would like to know about your plans to change the family court system to protect the rights of abused children. Also, how do you feel about laws which would require district attorneys to prosecute once abuse is validated by a professional. My daughter was sexually abused by her father during court ordered unsupervised visitation. Because of the fact that she was handicapped, the DA felt she would make a poor witness and charges were never placed on him. Currently, he gets unsupervised custody periods even though he has done this.
• Thousands of mothers and children across the US have suffered family courts abuse's; mothers constitutional rights to parent their children have been violated. What are you going to do about this national disgrace against Human Rights???
• What is your plan to prevent children from being given by family courts to identified batterers and incest offenders? Protect our children they are the future.
• "What is your plan to prevent children from being given by family courts to identified batterers and incest offenders?"
• "What is your plan to prevent children from being given by family courts to identified batterers and incest offenders?"
• When will the dirty little secrets of the Family Court Mafia be exposed. There is corruption in every facet of Family Courts nation and world wide. Battered women are 95% more likely to have custody challenged by an ex-abuser. Women are being stalked in Family Courts by ex-abusers who know the only way out of child support and to continue the circle of abuse is through Family Courts. We need CHANGE in this flawed system to bring this patriarchal system to a halt and avoid violent, sexually abusive men from getting joint/sole custody!
• The family court system regarding custody issues for children is a mess. Way too often, parents who abuse their children gain unsupervised visitation and even worse custody, while the loving parent is saddled with high court costs and legal bills just to protect their children. If you become President, how will you ensure that child victims of incest and abuse are not given to their parental perpetraitors? And how will you fix the court system so that it does not end up being the parent who can pay the bills who win these litigations?
• After the divorce, Physical custody of thousands of children in this country is given to batterers and abusers. Family court judicial system is getting so unjust, that women flee this, with "the Justice for all", country and look for an aslymus elsewhere in order to protect their children. What could you do to protect our children from unjustice of the family court system.
• After the divorce, Physical custody of thousands of children in this country is given to batterers and abusers. Family court judicial system is getting so unjust, that women flee this, with "the Justice for all", country and look for an aslymus elsewhere in order to protect their children. What could you do to protect our children from unjustice of the family court system.
• How will you work to protect the child victims of domestic violence, physical abuse, and incest from a litigation-oriented family-court system that has been shown to favor abusive parents' requests for child custody 70% of the time?
• What are the candidates going to do to protect the children of divorce so they are not forced by Family Courts to live with the abusive parent, while the protective one is harassed by the Courts and the other party?
• What our you going to do to perpertators who abuse children.The message is clear.So far nothing is being done.Once an abuser always.You think putting them in prison for two years is going to chnage them! If it was a stranger that abused a kid.There would be real time! These abusers our getiing a slap on the wrist!These are our children who need real help to feel safe!Wake up America! Our kids are being allowed to be back in the abusers arms.
• Too many battered women and abused children are being denied protection through the courts.Women are being punished for exposing their abuser and children are being placed in the custody of the perpetrator. How will you go about screening the judicial system ,educating the judges and other authorities and ensuring the courts will no longer be tolerated as a weapon for the abusers? Will you insist the laws are enforced ?
• How do you plan to protect abused children from harmful custody decisions?
• What question are you never asked in this campaign that you wish you were because you think your answer is important for the American people to hear? State the question and then answer it.
• What plan do you have to deal with the crisis of abused children who are being placed with their abusers in family court?
• which one of you will secure our boarders BEFORE immigration reform?
• The Constitution unites us by pointing to human rights – equality, life, liberty, pursuit of happiness – the legislatures go to great effort and expense to make the laws that uphold human rights, but the judicial system is where the “rubber meets the road,” the action arm of our government. If judges do whatever they want to do and ignore the laws set by the legislature, show bias to one group of citizens over another – based on status, money, race, or gender – (knowing that the average citizen does not have hundreds of thousands of dollars to litigate a matter through the appellate court) How do you propose systematically bringing accountability to the judicial system? Lawyers know that the only “rights” people have in this country are the ones that they can afford to have a court enforce; the average cost of litigating a civil right in this country is a minimum of a $100,000; the average citizen does not even have the money to pay for medical expenses; the average soldiers can not afford to have a civil “right” enforced – and they the ones fighting for our so-called rights. How do you propose changing the current judicial system so that enforcing civil rights are affordable to all citizens?
• The 21st century reality is that most parents are in the workforce. But nearly half the private sector workforce has no paid sick days for routine illnesses for themselves or their kids, more than half do not qualify for unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the vast majority of all workers get no pay if they need to take extended leave for a serious illness or to care for a newborn. As President, what policies would you support to address these challenges?
• What are your plans to stop the abuse of children in the family court system? When are we going to stop the courts from giving custody to the abusive parent? What are your plans to protect women and children from their abuser?
• What do you intend to do to prevent minors from being given to identified batterers and child abusers in custody matters? I was a battered x-wife who had to battle my x-spouse over this, and lost all my savings to atty. fees in the battle. I am now impoverished.
• Wht strategies are you willing to advocate for the abuses against women and children in the court system? Victims are being re-victimized throught the courts and children are not protected by their "guardians" appointed to them, what can you contribute to save our children from abuse?
• Everyone mouths the cliche that children are our future yet research clearly shows that in family court, abusers and molesters who seek custody win 70% of the time. What are you going to do to end this travesty of justice in family court?
• Given that women's control over their own bodies is a keystone issue for women's rights in this country, and given that equal pay for equal work is a cornerstone of the well-being of women and families, what are you planning to do for women once you take office?
• My husband got custody of our three children with a history of violent and mental behavior, without a trial or hearing because his daddie was a Supreme Court Judge. What are you going to do about the protection of our children in the courts? What are you going to do about judicial accountability? What are you going to do about the judical dictatorship that currently exists in our courts. What are you going to do about the corruption that ruins our children's lives.
• What will you do to change the Social Security Act and Welfare Reform so that women are allowed to protect and nurture their children? Will you eliminate the federal incentive programs and bonus awards that allow states to compete for federal funds?
• What can do you with the corrupt family law court system? Judges, Commissioners, court appointed child attorneys, court mediators and court appointed therapists are breaking the laws, punish the protective parents and endangerment children. 2. We don't have the accountability laws to punish Judges and Commissioners who make mistakes and break the laws. What can you do to protect the public with their wrong doing? 3. We have Child Protective System across the country that fail to protect children. What can you do to make it better? 4. Children have no voice and no choice. What can you do to bring up children's right? Their right to be safe. It should not be hurt to be a child.
• What can do you with the corrupt family law court system? Judges, Commissioners, court appointed child attorneys, court mediators and court appointed therapists are breaking the laws, punish the protective parents and endangerment children. 2. We don't have the accountability laws to punish Judges and Commissioners who make mistakes and break the laws. What can you do to protect the public with their wrong doing? 3. We have Child Protective System across the country that fail to protect children. What can you do to make it better? 4. Children have no voice and no choice. What can you do to bring up children's right? Their right to be safe. It should not be hurt to be a child.
• Will you be willing to STOP America's family court systems from ignoring hard evidence of violence, and giving children to batterers and incest perpetrators? Laws are not followed in the current system, and there is a profit motivation in perpetuating life-long litigation and harm to the children.
• What actions do you plan to take in assisting women of domestic violence that are married to police officers or attorneys and feel that they can't get out of the relationship because they know of all the domestic violence shelter?
• Secretary Gates said several times that the US must spend more money on our nations diplomacy and development in relation to foreign policy. What will you do to change our foreign policy from a "top heavy" military centric focus back to a more civilian centric leadership and begin to set a more focused strategy that is thinking beyond war?
• what are you doing to adress the madness in family courts where mothers and children are abused by all the agancies that suppose to protect them. our familky corts are faling to deliver justice, do notfollow the laws.
• what are you doing to adress the madness in family courts where mothers and children are abused by all the agancies that suppose to protect them. our family courts are faling to deliver justice, they do not follow the laws.
• What will your administration be doing to better protect women from domestic violence?
• What is your position on abortion? What is your position on victims of rape paying for rape kits? If you think victims should pay for rape kits, do you believe all victims of crime should be required to pay for the investigation of the crime? If yes, what are we already paying the police for? What is your position on Congress passing a bill to require all employers to pay equally for work? What is your position on gays and lesbians having civil rights? What is your position on universal health care for every American? Give an example of how you would utilize diplomacy in the Middle East.
• In Hillary Clinton's speech to the DNC she quoted Harriet Tubman as "When you hear the dogs barking behind you run faster." Women are tired of having to run harder and faster. What would you describe as "the dogs of inequality" still chasing women and how would you "call off the dogs"?
• In Hillary Clinton's speech to the DNC she quoted Harriet Tubman as "When you hear the dogs barking behind you run faster." Women are tired of having to run harder and faster. What would you describe as "the dogs of inequality" still chasing women and how would you "call off the dogs"?
• Gentlemen: I want to know why these last 8 years, with a REpublican in the WHite HOuse and a democratice majority the last three years in congress and the SENATE, --this crisis happened, even though CONTINIOUSLY being warned by Both PARTIES, you explain to the AMERICAN PEOPLE why CONGRESS our LAW MAKERS and SENATE ALIKE---have IGNORED these CRIES of WARNING again and Again. YOU ALL PUT US THERE-------WHY????----WHO BENEFITED???---and what are your plans to GET US OUT and don't tell us BAIL-OUT's for the CROOKS who DID THIS???
• To McCain: If you are pro-life, then why do you continue to support the Iraqi war that has resulted in the unnecessary deaths of so many Americans and Iraquis?
• Do you plan to appoint, at the very minimum, 50% women to all jobs, including your cabinet, that you may appoint people to?
• Senator McCain, if you are pro-life, then why do you continue to support the Iraqi war that has resulted in the unnecessary deaths of so many Americans and Iraquis?
• Can you tell me specifically how your programs are going to better the lives of women in the United States today?
• Will you, when President, appoint, at the very minimum, 50% women to all jobs that you may appoint people to?
• Voters hear a lot about candidates' positions on Roe v. Wade, but the President doesn't have the power to declare abortion legal or illegal. Would you consider other measures to reduce the number of abortions? What would you tell a single woman of limited means facing an unplanned pregnancy?
• What makes you think you can turn this ship of state around? It's a whole lot bigger than a supertanker.
• Though women represent more than half the population of the U.S., the issues that matter most to us are often treated as special interest items. How will you focus on "women's issues" throughout your term, to show us that women matter year-round, not only in an election cycle?
• Senator Obama, Senator McCain, As you know, under the Bush administration credit default swaps--which billionaire Warren Buffet describes as "financial weapons of mass destruction"--now exceed $40 trillion. Can you explain to the American taxpayer a. What a credit default swap is; b. Why credit default swaps are currently unregulated; c. How a company with $1 billion of outstanding debt can have $10 billion of outstanding CDS contracts and; d. How a default on $1 billion in corporate debt, assuming debt recovery at 40 cents on the dollar, becomes a $6 billion loss to credit default swap sellers. Oh, and a follow-up if I may: What are your plans, if any, to regulate the CDS market in the future? Please be as specific as possible in your responses.
• Not enough is being discussed about equal rights or women-related concerns, such as equal pay, jobs, abortion or right to choose, healthcare, and education for both traditional and nontraditional women, including financial aid. Please give women itemized examples, not rhetoric on your honest intentions as the next President to improve women's lives, so that we are able to afford living and supporting ourselves and family equally to men in the USA. Specifically, please explain in detail why John McCain didn't vote yes for the equal pay act for women?
• Would you support a National Report (monthly for example) of U.S.Companies and their affilates' amount of $ - favors/gift contributions to our elected officials campaigns?
• Russian's recent $1B funding of the Venezuelan military is in response to our war in Iraq, our support for Georgia and the Ukraine to be NATO allies, the plans for a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. What will you do to descalate this dangerous global situation?
• I would like to know how they plan to fund a national health care plan, who would be covered by it and when it would be in effect?
• Senator Obama, Please explain to the American people why you voted for the telecom immunity, effectively sanctioning the illegal wiretaps?
• In this age of supposed post-partisanship (on paper only, of course), please name one hypothetical member of the other party who you would endorse, support, campaign for, and vote for to become President of the U.S.
• In this age of supposed post-partisanship (on paper only, of course), please name one hypothetical member of the other party who you would endorse, support, campaign for, and vote for to become President of the U.S.
• In light of the current economic situation with Banking and Wall Street being hit, please explain if you support re-instituting the protections that were originally set up after the 1929 market crash and how important you view those regulatory protections. Please be specific and detailed.

• In light of the current economic situation with Banking and Wall Street being hit, please explain if you support re-instituting the protections that were originally set up after the 1929 market crash and how important you view those regulatory protections. Please be specific and detailed.
• since the mortgage industry has been identified as the root cause of the economic crisis across the political spectrum, I like to know what the candidates think about the introduction of HOLCs (home owner loan corporations) as suggested by senator Clinton. Such entities might be able to restructure loans and eventually pay back a huge share of the bailout. if the candidate is in favor of HOLCs what is he doing to promote their establishment.
• What would you do within the first year of your presidency to provide a path for law abiding but undocumented immigrants to legal status?
• Candidates have focused on middle class families or young mothers raising children with no fathers. What about the millions of more mature women raising their grandchildren or relatives' children due to drugs, disease and the 'criminal justice complex ? How will these women and their 'non-traditional families survive in these tough economic times?
• For many, many months the middle class have been struggling. The housing market is limping because of criminal fraud and predatory lending practices. And throughout it all the middle class heard "We aren't bailing out the people who defaulted on their loans." Please explain why the people - that in past months have not been worthy of a bail out - are now being asked to bail out the very people who made the predatory loans.
• What does each candidate propose to enforce the equal pay for equal work law?
• Senator Obama, Why did you pick a running mate who does not support public funding for abortions for poor women, and who also refuses to support provisions in a bill in the Senate that will make it much more difficult to sex traffic girls and women? How can you say you support women's rights with Biden on your ticket?
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• What will you do to guarantee comprehensive access to health care for all Americans, regardless of employment, age, pre-existing condition, or other insurance-created obstacle?
• I am a widow of a disabled WWII veteran, living on Social Security and a VA widow's benefit. What guarantee can the Presidential Candidates give me that, if elected, they will NOT attempt to privatize Social Security benefits during their term in office?
• For Barack Obama - talk about the new ecomony that is waiting to emerge around sustainability and new energy sources and keep pushing about the many ways the Republicans have prevented that, both with blocking environmental issues and also being in the pockets of big oil.
• For countless families, childcare is one of their primary expenditures. Many pay over $1,000 per month per child for childcare that can be overcrowded and staffed with underpaid and poorly trained childcare workers. Other families cannot afford childcare at all and have to make do with the occasional babysitter, generous friend or even just the television. Thus, while a number of other industrialized countries have high quality childcare that is affordable, we frequently leave the care of our children to chance and parents are desperate. What do you plan to do about the crisis in childcare?
• Why is that there are limits on deductions for child care expenses. Childcare is clearly a work related expense - would you make it fully tax deductable? 2. The USA is among the worst countries in the world when it comes to maternity leave. All Medical associations recommend a minimum of 3 months of breastfeeding (the benefits are numerous including a 7 point improvement in IQ and a reduction in a variety of lifethreatening childhood diseases, a significant reductions in later lifetime obesity), yet America only offers 6 weeks unpaid maternity leave. Do you intend to improve maternity leave provisions?
• John McCain's health records...why the secrecy? There have been significant indications that he has had as many as 4 bouts with melanoma alone, the last evidently 8 years ago. With a 10 year survival rate, that statistically puts Sarah Palin in the Office quite soon (a disaster). Also, McCain's erratic behavior in the campaign, and his irresponsible choice of Palin indicate a possible brain disorder. Why is no one questionning this and DEMANDING all his medical records?
• What position either candidate have about Aung San SUU KYI, The 1991 Nobel Prize for Peace, 'The Nelson Mandela Of Burma' (Myanmar), still not free after more than 13theen years. Thanks, pierre gauvin-évrard
• China has stopped lending to US banks.. See another Care2 news article about that. If the rest of the world follows and stops buying Treasuries, the troops will be home VERY SOON, as that is what is driving the Iraq war... A collapse might be just what we need. Also, please note the following; if we handed out $400,000 GRANT to each adult, that would total only $80 Billion dollars. Let the large monopolistic corporations fail, and start over fresh with small companies. Why not bail US OUT, instead of the corrupt corporations? http://www.care2.com/news/member/979852695/891381
• China has stopped lending to US banks.. See another Care2 news article about that. If the rest of the world follows and stops buying Treasuries, the troops will be home VERY SOON, as that is what is driving the Iraq war... A collapse might be just what we need. Also, please note the following; if we handed out $400,000 GRANT to each adult, that would total only $80 Billion dollars. Let the large monopolistic corporations fail, and start over fresh with small companies. Why not bail US OUT, instead of the corrupt corporations? http://www.care2.com/news/member/979852695/891381
• For both candidates: Given the fact that women make up over 50% of the electorate, what will you do to insure a more equal representation for women in politics...from the mainstream media to the white House?
• In 2007 the American Psychological Association released a report on sexualization of women in the media and its vast negative effects on women and young girls. The APA reported that all negative and objectified images of women in media must be replaced to stop this. In 2003, during the United Nations 47th session on the Commission on the Status of Women the media was asked to curb the exasperation of the "discriminatory stereotypes by the dehumanizing objectification of females" as well as the "sensationalizing and eroticizing violence that normalizes and legitimates such abuses" and to be more responsible in shaping minds. Allen Ginsberg has said, "whoever controls the media controls the culture." At the moment a scattered few and large corporations own most of all the media while public funded media is losing funding drastically. Media now, more than ever, controls our culture. Media, today, may be said to BE the American culture. My question is, what can be done and what would you do to help enforce the recommendations of both the APA and the U.N. that the media has ignored?
• In 2007 the American Psychological Association released a report on sexualization of women in the media and its vast negative effects on women and young girls. The APA reported that all negative and objectified images of women in media must be replaced to stop this. In 2003, during the United Nations 47th session on the Commission on the Status of Women the media was asked to curb the exasperation of the "discriminatory stereotypes by the dehumanizing objectification of females" as well as the "sensationalizing and eroticizing violence that normalizes and legitimates such abuses" and to be more responsible in shaping minds. Allen Ginsberg has said, "whoever controls the media controls the culture." At the moment a scattered few and large corporations own most of all the media while public funded media is losing funding drastically. Media now, more than ever, controls our culture. Media, today, may be said to BE the American culture. My question is, what can be done and what would you do to help enforce the recommendations of both the APA and the U.N. that the media seems to have ignored?
• What is your stand on Gay and lesbian marriage.? And hate crimes against the LBGT community? Will you stand up for all people or just the chosen Christians By the way many LBGT people are Christians and are not.
• Why did Sarah Palin make rape victims pay for their own rape kits, and does John McCain understand the importance of strong laws against violence against women? How does the Republicans' record on violence against women compare to the Democrats' record?

• What will you do to make sure single Moms and single working Moms who have raised their children without welfare get a better deal. We end up paying taxes for the women who do not take care of their own children, and who let their children have bad manners, bad school habits and bring bad things to our children in the way of "we get to .........and your MOM, doesn't let you". Mortgage assistance,? School tuitiona and childcare help? Help putting our children through college? Food stamps so we can afford to EAT after we take care of our children.
• Do you believe a woman has a right to protect her own body, which means having reproductive freedom and the choice to choose when and if she wants a family, as well as having access to contraceptives--including in cases of rape or incest, and for other health issues as needed? If yes, or if no, please explain yourself either way.
• FROM THE NEW AGENDA - PLATFORM - PLEASE ASK ON AS MANY OF OUR PLATFORM ITEMS AS YOU CAN: WWW.THENEWAGENDA.NET 1. Enacting Fair Pay Legislation Following passage of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act by the House of Representatives (H.R. 2831), Senate Republicans in April 2008 blocked passage of the Act, which would have extended the statute of limitations for women and others alleging discrimination to sue their employers for discrimination in the workplace. The Ledbetter Act or similar legislation must be passed, along with legislation mandating equal pay for equal work. 2. Increasing the Number of Women in High-Level Appointments There is a grave imbalance in the number of women appointed to high level government positions, most clearly evident in the reduction of female Supreme Court justices by half. Having only one woman justice on our highest court is unacceptable, and reflects the wider problem of lack of female appointees to high-level government positions. 3. Increasing the Number of Women in Elected National Office At present, women make up only 17% of the House of Representatives and 16% of the Senate. The United States is ranked 71st out of 195 nations in number of women in national office. In fact, the United States is standing behind Rwanda, Cuba and Argentina. This is a national embarrassment to all and must be remedied. 4. Increasing Women’s Representation and Opportunities in Business At present, women represent only a small number of the C-Level leaders and board members of major corporations. Measures must be taken to create better paying jobs and pathways to jobs for women, including job training opportunities, educational opportunities, and child care programs. 5. Reducing Domestic Violence Research by MIT professor and scholar Nancy Hopkins indicates that more women have been killed by domestic violence in our country than U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq during the same time period. There are about 24 female domestic violence deaths a week in the U.S. as contrasted with 16 U.S. military deaths per week in the bloody killing zone of Iraq. This is completely unacceptable and steps must be taken to halt and reverse this abuse of women. The U.S. government should make available materials educating students and teachers on what constitutes bullying, harassment and violence. Repeat domestic violence offenders should be given psychological tests and counseling before reuniting with their families. Police, medical and other personnel should be trained in more proactive methods of investigation and district attorneys should adopt a zero tolerance policy and prosecute perpetrators of sexual violence without exception. 6. Implementing Code of Conduct/FCC Modifications In a letter to the New York Times, Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) noted that during the primary there was “a latent and lamentable sexism.” Indeed, women of both parties believe that comments in the media and by elected officials denigrating women were rampant. We see this same behavior now playing out with regard to Sarah Palin. 7. Increasing the Number of Women-Owned Businesses Receiving Government Contracts In 2000, Congress recognized the gross underrepresentation of women businesses in Federal government contracting. Through a bi-partisan effort, Congress passed the Equity in Contracting for Women Act of 2000. The law requires that 5% of all government contracts for small businesses be awarded to women. Notwithstanding the law, women, who own nearly one third of all businesses in America, received only 3.4% of the 2006 total Federal contracting dollars. The resulting loss in potential revenues to women-owned businesses averages between five to six billion dollars annually. 8. Expanding the Availability of Paid Family Leave
• I am a recent college graduate and am feeling the effects of the suffering economy first-hand. Neither Obama nor McCain seem to have a real grasp on how to deal with the problem, and they certainly can't fix it as individuals -- what are their plans for picking a good team of people to put in the White House to help them make the right decisions for the American economy?
• If we handed out $400,000 GRANT to each adult, that would total only $80 Billion dollars. Let the large monopolistic corporations fail, and start over fresh with small companies. Why not bail US OUT, instead of the corrupt corporations? http://www.care2.com/news/member/979852695/891381
• The economic crisis on Wall Street and on Main Street and with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has repercussions throughout America. A few years ago I purchased stock in Freddie Mac for my IRA. I live down the street from Freddie Mac and several of my neighbors and friends work there; it seemed like a good investment. Not only was I investing in a stock that supported my local community, I was helping people become home owners, some of them for the first time. Although some do this by purchasing rental properties, this is a time consuming and expensive proposition in the Washington metropolitan area. My limited resources would be better spent through helping Fredie Mac. I believed that my investment was slightly more safe than other investments in my portfolio because Freddie Mac was a government sponsored enterprise or GSE. I remember the oversight hearings that led to earlier reforms. When my broker asked me if I wanted to sell the stock that was now worth half of what I paid for it, I decided to hold on because I knew from my years of work for the Federal government that Fannie and Freddie would survive. I should have focused more on he lessons in my corporate law courses. Shareholders come in last and leave first. Last in, first out. LIFO. I regret that those who invested in corporations like ENRON and UNITED, like Washington Mutual, Lehman Brothers, and others have lost their pensions, their retirement savings, college funds. I, too, was misled, and at least I have 20 percent on the dollar and they have nothing. My question is: with all of the concern about the economy, when will the focus return to health care. Surely, someone is considering the cost to the public of caring for all of these people who have lost their jobs and their health insurance, and all of the people who will no longer be able to purchase insurance in the private sector because of the loss or reduction of investment income. We have done little to address health insurance lately, and even less to address the restructuring of our job market to permit the over 50, 55, 60, and 65 to work part time to supplement, or to replace earnings loss through this Republican disaster. Yes , GWB is the worst President in history.
• Americans are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan, the homes and communities of thousands of Americans along our gulf coast have been destroyed and devastated, millions of Americns have lost their homes to foreclosure and their jobs to outsourcing and downsizing, American financial systems and our economy are in shambles. These catastrophic events have resulted in wide spread sacrifices of our fellow citizens. Will both of you declare, at this time, that, if elected president, you will pledge to cancel, across the board, ALL inaugural festivities and events, diverting instead all funds, private, corporate and governmental to non-profit agencies who are assisting those Americans, and their families, who have been harmed by the above mentioned calamities. To hold these lavish and expensive inaugural parties at this time would not only show selfish contempt for the sufferings of others, but would indicate a lack of moral compass. Not only is it a small sacrifice to ask of you, but it is one that, as president-elect, you would have total control over.
• I did submit a question but I see it only on the comment post page. Will my question be submitted?
• What value would your administration put on NASA and the Sapce Program in terms of money and support? ensure that .
• Of John McCain, since he voted against equal pay for equal work for women, what would he do to assure that women receive equal pay for equal work in his Administration?
• What role are the no-bid contractors going to play in your administration in terms of solidifying peace and prosperity in Iraq?
• Question for Senator Obama: You've stated that 95% of American's won't see a tax change (families under $250K total income). Specifically at what dollar will we see a tax cut, and what is the tax cut%. Need to understand if you are talking about $5.00 or 5% of the family taxed income. Also - please clarify what is now meant by "american's will get basic coverage" from last nights debate.
• What are your plans for public education? Do you agree with No Child Left Behind?
• How will you ensure that pay equity is a prominent issue during your administration, and that adequate legislation is passed to ensure that women in all job sectors receive equal pay?
• The family courts of America are an unregulated war zone. This Crisis is more devastating than the mortgage crisis for all families involved. What will you do to address this crisis? Laurie C. Olaniyi mamioba@yahoo.cm (269) 986-2992
• As president of the United States you have the influence to set values for the American people and inspire and direct them to eradicate injustice. In spite of the advances we have achieved on the front of equality of the sexes, women and girls still suffer from a fundamental cultural system that values women less than men in almost all areas of our society. Women continue to be devalued, degraded, and endangered. What will you do as President to change these fundamental values that are reinforced in the workplace, in the media, in the home, in the government, in the classroom, and many other places so that we don't have to feel that our daughters need more protection than our sons when they walk down the street?
• Please comment on the fact that Martha Stewart spent time in prison for a minor violation of stock market regulations, while multi-millionaire men who have brought down major financial institutions are not threatened with prison.
• Please state your credentials, academic background and experience in domestic and international issues, and then tell the American people what in your opinion makes you fit to become the Vice-President of the United States and, potentially, its President.
• How do we get financial home lenders to loan on homes that are off the grid and produce their own power with solar/wind.
• There has been discussion about equal pay for women in the work place, but how can equal pay be effective if many women are unsupported by various companies if they have children? How can we take full advantage of equal pay if we don't have any protection and support from our companies? The support I and other American women are looking for is pay when on leave, fathers being granted leaves, and most of all on site child care. How are you as president, going to put more effort into making sure companies are held responsible?
• What would be your policy on affordable health care for all Americans and would you consider launching an investigation of health providers who take advantage of and over charge patients who have health insurance?
• Will the presidential candidate be willing to state that he will support and sign the Equal Rights Amendment when it is approved?
• how do you intend on protecting my reproductive rights and future women's reproductive rights? what are your feelings on president bush's new bill to destroy women's reproductive rights?
• how do you intend on protecting my reproductive rights and future women's reproductive rights? what are your feelings on president bush's new bill to destroy women's reproductive rights?
• Specifically what programs are you going to cut to offset the costs of the trillion dollar mortgage industry bailouts, tax reductions, the war in Iraq, and health care?
• When Bill Clinton ran for president in 1992, he said he would have an administration that looked like America meaning that he would appoint women and racial minorities in proportion to their numbers in the population. Will you make a similar commitment?
• I would like to know what your Cabinet will look like and the process you will use to select these important advisors.
• I would like to know what your Cabinet will look like and the process you will use to select these important advisors.
• http://www.amnestyusa.org/women/maze/report.pdf I was shocked to hear a report on NPR about the high incidence of rape of Alaskan Native and Native American women and the lack of police and legal response. I am shocked to think that women living in the United States, even if they are living on reservations are being victimized so often and have not chance of justice. I would like to know how this terrible situation within our borders could be addressed.
• One of the most important assets of any country is its children. They are the future of the country. If you are elected president what steps will you take to begin creating equality in public education? I'm only talking about Head Start through high school. What will do you do so that the children living in poor rural areas or the inner city have available to them the same basic quality of a public educati

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