2020 Presidential Debate Resources

Preventing child abuse and neglect before it happens is always an important issue, but it is especially important during an election year. High-profile national elections present a platform for Prevent Child Abuse America and its nationwide state chapter network to promote effective child abuse and neglect prevention policies, and strategies, and investments in funding to support initiatives that ensure the safe, stable, and nurturing environments which enable children, families, and entire communities to thrive. During this time, we want to draw candidates’ attention to the issue of child abuse and neglect prevention, and the critical importance of supporting families and improving both child and parent well-being.

To that end, we are enlisting our partners to collectively “turn up the volume” in the coming weeks and tweet directly to the presidential candidates questions about their position on family friendly policies such as paid family leave and affordable child care. (Use our 2020 Presidential Candidate Questionnaire to help formulate your questions.) We are also asking our network to tweet the same questions to the moderator of the October 22 presidential debate, NBC’s Kristen Welker (we will update this page with her Twitter account info once it becomes available again), as she will be determining the topics for the debate and presenting them one week before the event. 

Twitter Power Hours

Hashtag: #Debates2020 #FamiliesAreListening
Debate Moderator: Kristen Welker, NBC News
Candidates: @realDonaldTrump, @JoeBiden

Twitter Power Hour #1: October 14, 12:00 PM CT

We want to make sure child and family well-being is discussed during the election! Join us during our first Twitter Power Hour, when we’ll be tweeting to debate moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News. We’ve created sample tweets and social graphics (below) for easy use. Feel free to adapt as you see fit.

Twitter Power Hour #2: October 20, 12:00 PM CT

While debate topics are picked one week in advance to the debate, we believe that it is important to continue this discussion around child and family well-being. Join us for our second Twitter Power Hoursample tweets and social graphics may be repurposed for this event.

Sample Tweets

  • We’re ready! Preventing child abuse & neglect wasn’t a topic in previous debates, but we’re hoping it will be for 10/22 @debates @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden @PCAAmerica #Debates2020 #FamiliesAreListening
  • Use @PCAAmerica’s 2020 Presidential Candidate Questionnaire [https://bit.ly/3jKAD2I] to formulate your own question(s) about child & family well-being & tweet to @debates @realDonaldTrump@JoeBiden for 10/22 Presidential debate #Debates2020 #FamiliesAreListening
  • We are calling on you to start a national conversation about the consequences of trauma & the importance of prevention! Prioritize child & family well-being TODAY! @debates @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden @PCAAmerica #Debates2020 #FamiliesAreListening
  • Affordable high-quality child care helps prevent child abuse & neglect, reducing parental stress & isolation. What policies would you enact/expand to alleviate child & familial suffering during this difficult time, @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden @debates? #FamiliesAreListening
  • Currently, home visiting programs, like @HFAatPCA & #MIECHV, only reach an estimated 3% of families in need. What would you do to close the opportunity gap for the millions of children now being left behind, @debates @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden? #FamiliesAreListening @PCAAmerica
  • Paid family leave policies help working people care for a new child w/o jeopardizing their economic security, @debates @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden. How do you support paid family leave & what’s your vision for substantive paid family leave law? #FamiliesAreListening @PCAAmerica
  • 1 in 5 babies & toddlers in the US live with families whose incomes are below or near the poverty line. @debates @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden, what are your plans to address poverty & alleviate the effects of poverty on young children?#FamiliesAreListening @PCAAmerica




2020 Voter Guide

Also, view and download our 2020 Voter Guide, compiled by the PCA America policy team to assist in voting during an election year. The resources include links to online references that we hope are helpful in assisting you and your networks in becoming informed and active participants during this election and beyond.