Friday, February 8, 2008

The First Children

Even though the candidates are speaking directly to young Americans (i.e.: YOU) in ways we haven’t seen before, many have enlisted their number one supporters – their children – in getting out the word about their campaign to their generation.

The most active kids of the campaign (based on sheer numbers alone) are the Romney brothers, who ran a blog during their father’s campaign and joined him out on the trail. Though he is no longer running, it seems to have been updated since the announcement and may include more postings as the campaign goes on. You can check out their blog here.

Another active potential first child was Cate Edwards, daughter of former Democratic candidate John Edwards. Cate’s bio on his website states that she even campaigned for him during his last election as she finished up her last year in college.

John McCain’s daughter, Meghan, also runs a blog about her
father’s campaign, mixing in pop culture references and a biting wit.

Sarah Huckabee, Mike’s daughter, has done the rounds of interviews, and even serves as the director of field operations on her father’s campaign.

And, let’s not forget about the most famous potential first child of all, the one that has already been a first daughter – Chelsea Clinton. Notoriously tight lipped, Chelsea has been getting very active in her mother’s campaign, which has drawn criticism from some news outlets.

One front-runner we have neglected to mention is Barack Obama, who has two young daughters. They’re still years away from stumping for their father.

So, are all their efforts working? Have you connected with a potential first child? Did you learn more about a candidate through their child(ren)?