Just the Facts, Ma’am

Sat, September 29, 2007

Moms & Politics


It was an amazing honor to get to ask a couple of questions on behalf of the DC Metro Moms on Saturday’s conference with Elizabeth Edwards. The only thing that would have made it nicer was if I had been able to hop on a plane to California to be in the same room with her and all those great Silicon Valley moms!

My head was spinning when I got off the phone after an hour of Q&A. Elizabeth Edwards can really talk the talk, and if her husband John is really going to do the things he says he wants to do, then I know it was a good use of space to put an Edwards ’08 button on my blog.

I had to run out right after the phone call (Saturday night is date night sometimes here at Chez PunditMom!), so I’m still processing and thinking and pundit-izing! But here are some highlights of her comments:

1. The role of being the First Lady is “impossible to imagine.” But if she lands in that spot, one of her goals will be to advocate for military families. As a child of a military family, she knows what it’s like to have loved ones be away and to move from place to place. She doesn’t think military families are being well-served these days, and if she gets to move in to the White House, that’s one of the causes she wants to focus on.

2. We need to get more women registered to vote. If we’re the key to the election, then someone has got to do the work of getting women to sign up and get to the polls.

3. Cancer? “I know there are answers. I don’t know how soon we will find them, but think of the [beneficial] impact on long term care and Medicare there would be.”

4. Let’s put public health care resources in or next to elementary schools instead of putting them in out of the way places, so people can get to them and we can de-stigmatize them.

5. If we built schools and health clinics in the Middle East instead of engaging in a war, and America was seen as a benefactor rather than an invader, think of what we could accomplish in the world.

6. A College for Everyone program. Bold, huh?

There was lots more, especially about health care and her husband’s vision for the country, but I do want to say this — the conversation wasn’t about broad strokes. The details that went along with each idea were astounding. This is a campaign that has thought through how to approach and fund each initiative they’re proposing and they aren’t afraid to explain it.

And as I was listening in on the call with some of the other DC Metro Moms (and IM’ing at the same time — I know, we’re such geeks!), we all had the same thought — where are the details like this from the other campaigns? If we had the chance to ask Hillary or Barack or the others the same questions, would we get the level of thoughtfulness we got this afternoon?

I’d like to find out the answer to that question.

So candidates, if we’re the “key” you need to open the door at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, why not have a sit down with the moms of D.C., Silicon Valley and Chicago. We’ve got lots of blogs, people who read them and we want to know what you have to say — in detail.

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11 Responses to “Just the Facts, Ma’am”

  1. Alex Elliot Says:

    That is so cool! I enjoyed the highlights.

  2. Lady M Says:

    Thanks for your take on the session. I wonder if it would help reach women voters by send reminders about getting absentee ballots and mailing them on time. It can get really tough to get to the polls with children and work.

  3. Bonggamom Says:

    Great recap! I’m an SV Moms blogger at the meeting and it was a great experience. Hopefully the other candidates and candidates’ spouses agree to meet with us too.

  4. Lawyer Mama Says:

    It was so great to hear her vision and John Edwards’ vision. I was blown away. Of course, I’m a slacker & I don’t have my recap up yet….

  5. PT-LawMom Says:

    OMG, you lucky, lucky lady!!! I am more and more impressed by Mrs. Edwards every time I hear about her. What an amazing honor and how wonderful of her to meet with the SV Moms. One question… was the SV Mom that bashed her there?

    I’m so excited because I really feel like Mrs. Edwards is interested in getting women out to vote. We’re all so busy, but I could see us getting behind a candidate who actually seems to care about our issues and, most importantly, VALUES our input!

  6. Karianna Says:

    It was an amazing call! Your questions were great – and you voice sounded so “official!”

    Jill pulled up your picture on her laptop so Elizabeth could “look” at you while answering.

  7. Karianna Says:

    @ ptlawmom: No, Rebecca wasn’t there, but she wanted to be. Elizabeth hugged us all, saying, “I still love you guys” and told us to please give Rebecca a hug for her.

  8. Mrs. Chicky Says:

    This was very exciting! I’ve already read quite a few recaps of this. I think the other candidates and their wives (and husband, ahem) are missing a great opportunity.

  9. Shannon Says:

    Can’t wait to read more!

  10. aimee / greeblemonkey Says:

    Really enjoyed this post.

    I haven’t 100% decided who I like best, but Edwards is definitely way up there.

  11. Mary Alice Says:

    I just found your blog and had to comment on this post about Elizabeth Edwards. She is such a warm, intelligent, courageous and well spoken woman. Quite the role model…of course, I especially like her ideas for focusing on military families, because we happen to be one. It is nice to see someone (a candidate or candidate’s family member) who has experience with life as a military family.


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