The Way Presidential Candidates Raise Their Kids Matters

rick santorum familyThere are a lot of things to consider when deciding whom to vote for in any election, but the stakes always seem a little higher when marking a ballot for the President of the United States. We want to know each candidate’s political positions, how they’ve voted or governed in the past, and their plans for the future.

We delve into our candidates' private lives too; we want to know where they go to church, what grades they got in school, who their friends are, and we want to know about their kids. How a person parents their children can be an indication of how he or she might govern the nation.


Take Michele Bachmann for example; she took in 23 foster kids, in addition to her own five biological children. From that we can tell that she’s going to be a strong advocate for disadvantaged children and community involvement. She’s a woman of action; she didn’t just talk about ‘helping the children,’ she actually did it.

Newt Gingrich has gained momentum in the polls thanks to his boldness in calling things like he sees them. Agree with him or not, he’s not afraid to share his mind and fire back at his critics. He obviously passed that trait onto his daughter Jackie, who last year put to rest the rumor that her dad had left her mom while she was in the hospital for cancer treatment:

My mother and father were already in the process of getting a divorce, which she requested.

Newt won’t have any problem doing what he thinks is right -- now whether he actually is right is up for us the voters to decide.

Rick Santorum will be a champion for family values in the White House. He and his wife Karen are so dedicated to keeping their family intact that they took their seven kids on a campaign road trip this summer.

Rick and Anita Perry elected to send their two children to the public Austin High School, so we can bet that President Perry will put significant focus on reforming our public education system to make it shine again.

Most parents agree that their kids are the most important things in their lives, so of course how they raise them is going to be a reflection of their values and what they hold dear. We just have to look for it.


This post is part of a weekly conversation with our 5 Moms Matter 2012 political bloggers. Read the original question and find links to all their responses here: Do a Candidate's Parenting Skills Have Anything to Do With Their Effectiveness as a Leader?


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