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46 States to Go—A Primary Update from AAPD President and CEO Mark Perriello
February 2, 2012 | AAPD Power Grid Blog Team
On Tuesday, Florida held its primary election. Though Mitt Romney scored a decisive victory, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich delivered a strong message that the contest for the Republican nomination is far from over. His enthusiastic supporters carried signs that read “46 states to go!” Gingrich, the winner of South Carolina’s primary, discussed what he would do in the first day in office. Third-place finisher Rick Santorum, who had stopped campaigning because of a family illness, has resumed campaigning. Fourth place finisher Ron Paul spent the day in Colorado and told his supporters that they had a good chance of making an impact in the upcoming caucuses.
In other words, the candidates have signaled that the primaries are far from over, and the voters need to do the same.
In December, AAPD and our partner the National Council on Independent Living sent our presidential questionnaire to all of the presidential campaigns, including the Republican candidates and the President. As we reported in January, the questionnaire covers the following issues of significance to our community:
• What they will do to increase the number of people with disabilities in the federal workforce;
• Whether they support hiring goals for federal contractors;
• Whether they will support making television, phone service, websites, and consumer electronics fully accessible to people with disabilities;
• What they will do to ensure that people with disabilities have access to tools that enable us to live in our community and fulfill our potential;
• What they will do to increase the number of students with disabilities who receive high school and college educations;
• What they will do to expand access to affordable transportation; and
• How they will ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to the vote.
The full questionnaire is available here.
To date, none of the campaigns has completed and returned its responses to our questions. 50 million Americans with disabilities and our supporters want and deserve the answers to questions that affect our health, lives, education, and freedom. An informed voter is a powerful voter. Tell the campaigns to address our priorities and let the entire country know where they stand.
Contact the candidates’ campaigns at: