Right now it might seem that the 2008 presidential election will be all about Iraq, but that might not be the case if the surge counteroffensive continues to produce results and voters see some troops returning home next year. If troops begin leaving Iraq and there has not been a terrorist attack on U.S. soil between now and November 2008, issues that have taken a backburner for the past seven years will start creeping back into the public consciousness and into the election. I discussed some of those issues this week with Susan Molinari in an interview about her role as a senior advisor in Rudy Giuliani’s campaign for president.
Giuliani spent this week talking about his plan to “protect the quality of life for our children.” Part of the plan dealt with ways to make adoption easier, including financially through tax credits, while another aspect of the plan addressed ways to tighten laws and close loopholes on child predators.
Molinari said that “no one doesn’t believe in adoption,” but that Giuliani would be focusing national attention on specific ways the process could be made easier. She admitted that some other aspects of the plan may be more difficult to enact, but that Giuliani’s experiences as mayor in New York showed that he was able to get agreement on issues on which the parties do not usually agree.
She said she recently took her kids to Times Square at 10 o’clock at night. She said there had been a day she would never have dreamed that would be possible. She used the example to make the point that Giuliani had accomplished things in New York City that even she, a supporter, would not have believed could be done.
She talked a bit more about the reasons she believed the former New York City mayor was the candidate best to lead on these issues, but then we shifted to a more personal conversation. A discussion about some of the problems with the current child predator laws and how the Mayor planned to address them turned into a conversation about how scary it is as a mom to see all the dangers reported on television everyday. I told her about the “nice retired man” who lived across the street from me for eight years before being arrested for exposing himself to some children in the neighborhood.