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Friday, 28 September 2012
Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105

America’s Moms Turn Watchful Eye to Presidential Debates
Moms Around the Country Watching the Debate Closely, and Hosting Debate Watching Parties, to Focus on Issues Important to Them and Their Families 
New Poll By YWCA Shows Most Women Concerned About Disappearing Middle Class, Social Security and Affordable Health Care

Debate BINGO Helps Moms Pick a Winner

WASHINGTON, DC – With this year’s election pulling into the homestretch, mothers all across the country are listening carefully to hear what the candidates have to say about the issues that are most important to them, and they’ll be paying particular attention on October 3 when the presidential candidates hold their first debate on domestic policy in Denver, CO.   The online and on-the-ground grassroots group MomsRising is encouraging its members to watch the debate closely, as well as to host debate-watching parties across the country, and has released a special edition of a Debate Bingo game, which will allow moms and others to keep score when the candidates’ address issues important to America’s mothers and families.  
A recent poll by the YWCA USA found that, regardless of party affiliation, American women are most concerned about the disappearing middle class (70% of women identified this as a primary concern), the solvency of Social Security (67% of respondents said they were concerned about whether Social Security benefits will be available when they retire), and affordable health care for themselves and their families (a concern shared by 67% of respondents).  Additionally, 41% of women identified themselves as the primary breadwinners in their households in the last four years; 33% reported that they have delayed seeking healthcare and 24% have lost a job.    
“Moms have a lot at stake in this election and we’re paying attention to what the candidates say about the issues that most directly affect us and our families,” said Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, co-founder and executive director of MomsRising.  “We’re concerned about providing for our families financially, making sure they have accessible and affordable health care, and that we’re able to do all of these things by receiving equal pay for equal work.  America’s moms are an important voting demographic and one that the candidates could only ignore at the cost of the election.”
In 2008, American moms helped determine the outcome of the election and are poised to play an important role again. 
FOR MORE INFORMATION: What Women Want 2012: A YWCA USA National Survey of Priorities and Concerns:
MomsRising’s 2012 Debate BINGO Cards are designed to help busy mothers focus in on certain issues and compare the candidates various positions. 

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MomsRising.orgis an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all families in the United States. MomsRisingis working for paid family leave, flexible work options, affordable childcare, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes so many others.  MomsRisingalso advocates for health care for all, toxic-free environments, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. Established in 2006, MomsRisingand its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families. In 2012, Forbes.comnamed MomsRising’s web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the third year in a row.