In a few weeks, Oklahomans will be voting in the 2008 Presidential Primary. Many of our members ask us which candidates truly support education. This summer, with a number of people running for office, these were the candidates who filled out the NEA questionnaire, went through the interview process and spoke before us in Philadelphia:
(listed in no particular order)
Former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas
Former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina
Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico
Senator Chris Dodd, Connecticut
Senator Barack Obama, Illinois
Senator Hillary Clinton, New York
Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Ohio
Senator Joe Biden, Delaware
All of the serious contenders for President were invited to participate. Sadly, some declined. Since these candidates went through the NEA process, I believe you should find out where they stand on educational issues as you prepare to make your decision on Super Tuesday.
Some of the candidates may have dropped out of the race after the last two primaries, but I wanted to give you an idea of the people who take education seriously enough to participate in our process.
You can hear excerpts of what the candidates said at the RA in Philadelphia to help make your decision.