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Swing state Ohio will be a repeat stop in the coming weeks for the Presidential candidates trying to win over voters. A call has been made to bring more focus to issues affecting the nation’s most vulnerable citizens: children. The executive director of the Child and Family Policy Center, Charles Brunner, says kids are often absent from the discussion in the presidential campaign.

“There’s been very little attention given to important child policy issues around children’s health, education, child safety, family economic security and ensuring all children have opportunities for success,” he said.

According to a report released by the Child and Family Policy Center, in the past 20 Republican presidential debates, children’s issues were only brought up 2 percent of the time. According to Brunner, children’s policy issues have not been brought up by President Obama, either. Organizations including Voices for Ohio’s Children are asking all candidates to address key child policy issues in the weeks remaining before the November election.

It is critical for leaders to discuss their plans to help improve health, safety and education for all children, Brunner said

“For the first time in our country’s history, our children face the prospect of growing up less healthy, living less-long lives and being less-equipped educationally to lead and compete in a world economy.”

The real key to the country’s economic success is making sure the next generation is educated and productive, Brunner added.

“Probably the greatest role for government in terms of economic prosperity is ensuring that next generation grows up equipped to be leaders in the economy and society.”

The report is available at http://voices.org.

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