Diving Into the Fray: On the Campaign Trail in Iowa

Politics & Views 13

Des MoinseI am in a Des Moines hotel right now, preparing to meet the Republican presidential candidates tomorrow. I'm excited about it, but to be honest, I'm also a little bit nervous.

For days I’ve been reading stories and watching television coverage from reporters embedded with the presidential candidates, and the news isn’t pretty. I’ve seen Internet video of skirmishes that have erupted as bodyguards have pushed reporters out of candidates’ paths, read about shouting matches between press photographers and police, heard stories of relentless journalists who go to extremes to get a story.

With the rise of the Internet, the number of reporters seems to have grown exponentially and from the looks of things, the candidates’ appearances are often grounds for controlled mayhem among the media, all of whom are jockeying for that perfect shot and that headline-making quote.

What the heck have I gotten myself into?

Granted, I’ve been part of those throngs of pushy reporters before during my television reporting days, and come tomorrow, I’ll grit my teeth and get right back in the fray again -- but motherhood has changed me, and changed my perspective. Where once, I might have joined with steely-eyed pleasure in the game of political reporting -- and the warring egos, preening and posturing that come with it -- now I have a totally different approach.

Now, I can say in all honesty that I’m here for you.

And I know that totally sounds hokey, but I’ve read your comments and I’ve heard your voices and I feel your frustration with this economy and at least some of the people who are running it. It sounds very much like the disillusionment and disappointment I’m hearing from moms here in my own community, it crosses party lines, and I get it. I really do.

It nearly brings me to tears each time I think about the number of moms who’ve told CafeMom that they spend sleepless nights worrying not just about paying their mortgage or rent, but about how they’re going to pay for their family’s groceries.

There’s not much that can suck the hope out of you more than worrying about how you’re going to make sure your kids get enough to eat.

For you, the “game” of politics is all too real. The decisions made on Capitol Hill affect you in very real ways, from the shelter you’re able to provide for your children to the food you can put on the table to the doctor’s visits you may not be able to afford when your kids are sick.

For all of these reasons, I’m determined to push past the attitudes, to ignore the egos, to tell your stories, and to keep pursuing until I get answers to the questions and concerns you have about the future of our nation and the people in it. You deserve it.

Wish us luck tomorrow as we at CafeMom kick off our political coverage at the Thanksgiving Family Forum. (and wish CafeMom member UpSheRises luck as she asks the Republican presidential candidates a question live!!) You can catch it on the web right here this Saturday, between 4 and 6 p.m., CST. Or check Moms Matters 2012 on Monday and we'll show you all that happened.

In the meantime, what would you like to ask the Republican presidential candidates? Tell me and I just might use your question!


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sunny... sunnytxmom

God bless, Lindsay!

Kayla... Kayla2013

Have fun in my home state!

count... country50gal

i live in Iowa and I am so sick of politics already I could puke.  I am sure you are doing this reporting for us but I could care less about the republicans or their message.  I think you will be just fine.

nonmember avatar Amber

I want to know their plans about health care...all I've heard about is repealing "obamacare" but no concrete plans to fix the system...I am unable to afford private insurance, and do not qualify for Medicaid...I had to go to the ER a few weeks ago (I had 3 kidney stones) and I haven't even received all of my bills and already my bill is almost $10,000! For 3 hours in the ER!!!! I got charged $4300 for my CT scan-which is a scam against uninsured patients, IMO...my SIL took her daughter in for an MRI at the world class hospital here, and was charged $1500 for it BEFORE insurance paid out...how is that fair?! I was also charged $593 just for the Dr. in the ER and I saw him for maybe 5 minutes total...something needs to be done about this system and I have heard nothing solid about fixing things, just talk about repealing "Obamacare"...I can't afford $10,000 in medical bills and still support my family! How are they planning on helping people like me?!

DebaLa DebaLa

Lindsay, I almost picture you huddled and whispering this into a little mic in your designer lapel.

jessi... jessicasmom1

Best of Luck Lindsay,  it is very scary to not be able to feed your children, have a roof over you head, bills are going up food is up and smaller packages, but income is still the same for the past 3 years when will this give/

PonyC... PonyChaser

Amber has an EXCELLENT point... we don't have a problem with healthCARE in this country - ours is probably one of the best systems of CARE in the world. We have a problem with the financial system that goes along with it - the health PAYMENT system.

I don't think we'd need something like Obamacare if the healthcare industry was forced to charge ONLY what was agreed to by insurance companies. THAT price ($1500 vs $4300 for a CT scan, for example) is the "accepted price for service", and charging those of us who don't have insurance more - sometimes two or three times more - should be absolutely illegal. It is nothing short of discrimination, and frankly, I don't understand why people stand for it.

I wish someone would ask them, point blank, why they won't stand up to the industry and fight for that kind of a concept. I think that move alone - making prices equal for insured and non-insured - would revolutionize the system, or at least steer it toward the right track.

Christine Rickabaugh

With several states trying to remove unions for public employees, I'm very concerned. Are any of the canidates looking at removing unions in the private sector as well? Or perhaps remve them all together?

jagam... jagamama0710

Yes, it would be nice to hear REAL solutions other than "wah wah wah, I'm just gonna get rid of everything Obama did. Our only goal is to get him out, after that we don't have a friggin' clue." 

Laura Jerpseth

Ask them what they think about Atheists. Please? Last I heard Atheists are the 2nd most hated people in America. That really offends me, how could I get so much hate from people who don't even know me?

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