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Old 06-11-2007, 02:06 PM
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WASHINGTON - The anti-poverty campaign founded by U2 rocker Bono and others are investing $30 million to pressure the presidential candidates to focus on the oft-forgotten issue, with its leaders arguing on Monday that helping the poor is a national security issue.

They're investing 30 million dollars in what? Lobbyists? Just what we need!! More lobbyists!!! How do they intend to pressure presidential candidates if not with lobbyists? Help the poor or we won't record anymore cds.

Dubbed ONE Vote '08, the bipartisan political push aims to get President Bush's successor to commit to taking concrete steps to combat hunger and disease while improving access to education and water across the globe.

Across the globe? They suppress across the globe. How 'bout pressuring them to stop that first? How 'bout taking care of our own before we tackle the world's problems.

"People do not go to war with people who have saved their children's lives," former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., told reporters at a church in the nation's capital.

So, is he saying we're saving the lives of children in Iraq and Afghanistan? How 'bout we address the acts of war and suppresion first by the Banksters that lead to poverty, ill health, bad drinking water and poor education?

Frist is co-chair of the effort to mobilize activists to pressure the 18 or more presidential aspirants through the media and grass-roots work. The other co-chair also is a former Senate Majority leader, Democrat Tom Daschle of South Dakota.

Come on! How do you mobilize activists to pressure presidential aspirants to take-up their agenda? Bribes?

"Some of the most vivid memories of our experience (in Congress) didn't happen in Washington, they happened in Africa," Daschle said. "It is incumbent on all of us to recognize that this must be a key part of national domestic security."

If these Presidential contenders can't see what is needed unless a group of musicians, entertainers enlightens them, they shouldn't be running in the first place.

Created in 2004 by rocker Bono and the country's leading anti-poverty groups, the ONE organization counts 2.5 million members from across the political spectrum and all 50 states. The organization has attracted high-profile support from a wide range of celebrities, including Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. Until now, the focus has been on raising awareness of global poverty and encouraging activists to lobby Congress to devote more money to the cause.

Now, the mission will include mobilizing activists. Among the donors: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For months, scores of volunteers wearing black-and-white ONE T-shirts and carrying placards have been attending presidential debates and some campaign events by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) and other Democrats, as well as Republicans such as John McCain (news, bio, voting record) and Mitt Romney.

Activity will only increase in the coming months, with town-hall-style events, mailings, a celebrity bus tour and TV advertisements.

For now, the focus is on the early primary states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. But the effort eventually will be expanded to the more than dozen states holding contests on Feb. 5, and will continue through the general election.

At least one candidate, Democrat John Edwards, has focused on combatting poverty, heading an anti-poverty center in North Carolina in recent years.

In the fall, the group will ask candidates to sign a pledge and embrace a platform that lays out concrete steps to:

_Fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

_Improve child and maternal health.

_Increase access to basic education, particularly for girls.

_Provide access to clean water and sanitation.

_Reduce by half the number of people worldwide who suffer from hunger.

They're going to ask candidates to sign a pledge? ?
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