Santa Claus Issues Warning to Presidential Candidates: Children's Advocate Emphasizes Children's Issues -- Considers Running as the Write-in Candidate for President

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A Christian Monk and children's advocate, whose legal name is Santa Claus, has issued a second appeal to Presidential Candidates Obama and McCain to identify their policies and initiatives pertaining to children's issues. Despite over 20,000 views on YouTube, and exposure on MTV News, CNN, The Hill, and NPR News, his appeal has thus far received no response from the candidates, prompting Santa to consider declaring his candidacy for President.

A Christian Monk and children's advocate, whose legal name is Santa Claus, has issued a second appeal to Presidential candidates Obama and McCain to identify their policies and initiatives pertaining to children's issues.

Santa Claus posted a question to the candidates on YouTube last year during the "CNN/YouTube" debates asking what their policies and initiatives will be as President, regarding the 2 million children in the United States annually who are abused, neglected, exploited, abandoned, homeless, and institutionalized through no fault of their own. Despite over 20,000 views online, and exposure on MTV News, CNN, The Hill, and NPR News, his appeal thus far has received no response from the candidates. Their lack of response has driven Santa to consider declaring his candidacy for President.

"Evidently, the only way to bring these important children's issues to the attention of the public and compel the Presidential candidates to address them is for me to run as the write-in candidate for President," he commented. "The candidates' inability or unwillingness to answer my question indicates to me that they are blowing off the issue because children don't vote, or fail to realize that there are millions of adult voters who suffered as children the very same political indifference vulnerable children in dire straits suffer today."

Santa notes that there are millions of voting health care and public safety workers and foster and adoptive parents who have worked and lived with vulnerable children, understand their plight, and take a dim view of the Senators' failure to address a legitimate national issue--one that won't cost any more to address than the U.S. already is spending on children.

During 2006 and 2007, Santa visited every Governor's office and discussed children's issues with all the Governors' and many U.S. Senators' legislative staffs. It became evident that the federal government has an important role to play in helping states streamline a variety of processes and services they provide for and to children.

In Santa's view, although it is the states that primarily are tasked with providing for the safety, welfare, and health of these children, the states clearly cannot accomplish that by themselves--as evidenced by the current unmet needs of the 2 million children annually who are abused, neglected, exploited, abandoned, homeless, and institutionalized.

"Our next President must be the children's advocate," Santa emphasizes. "Children are our future; and, our Creator commands that we nurture, protect and love them."

Video of Santa Claus is available at The Lake Tahoe Media Center and on YouTube.

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