ONE Launches Election Campaign


This morning I dropped by the launch of ONE Vote 08, a campaign to raise the profile of global poverty and health in the presidential elections.
The ONE Campaign has done a remarkable job raising the profile of these issues generally over the past few years, and in a bipartisan way. By any measure, the Campaign has exceeded expectations.
This morning’s event featured the African Children’s Choir, former Sens. Daschle and Frist, and a number of celebrities, organizers, and other political types.
I stayed just long enough to hear the introduction and the statements by videophone from the four early primary/caucus states (Prepared remarks by current or former officeholders are rarely enlightening and I rarely stick around for them, though tomorrow’s foreign policy conference held by the Center for American Progress will likely be an exception).
Starting out with about 20,000 volunteers in each of the four early states, ONE Vote should be a player with some influence. Apparently, ONE is putting $30 million into the 2008 race.
While everyone in the Democratic field has discussed the importance of addressing global poverty, John Edwards has been out in front on the issue for quite a while and deserves some recognition. Given how seriously former Republican officeholders are invested in the Campaign, Republican candidates may too embrace the ONE platform.
Many Americans right now are preoccupied with the fight against America’s military adventurism – a noble cause indeed, and one that deserves to stay on the front burner. Unfortunately, this fight crowding out discussion of other critical foreign policy problems, like global poverty.
It is also starting to give rise to a dangerous myth: that our past and current mistakes render us incapable of constructively engaging in global affairs. That myth is giving rise to a kind of neo-isolationism in both major parties and needs to be thoroughly debunked.
Real U.S. leadership, which puts diplomacy first and invokes a spirit of partnership and common cause, can go a long way towards addressing extreme poverty, as well as many other global problems. Without that kind of participation from the U.S., those problems will surely go unsolved.
Here’s hoping the ONE Campaign can help move that agenda forward.
— Scott Paul


8 comments on “ONE Launches Election Campaign

  1. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “No reason we can’t help these folks AND fix America’s own poverty problem.”
    Really? Your comment would make sense if we didn’t have hungry children HERE. And, of course, if our southern borders weren’t IMPORTING poverty. You say we can do both, feed the poor here, AND feed the poor “over there”. Well, how come we AREN’T feeding our poor here then? The “ignorance” is in thinking we can cure all the world’s ills while these bastards in Washington rape us silly, exporting our jobs and manfacturing, allowing a steady flow of unskilled low wage workers to flood over our borders, and squander trillions on war and weaponry.
    Sorry, but your statement “No reason we can’t help these folks AND fix America’s own poverty problem” is the ignorant one. There are PLENTY of reasons we can’t do it. And most of those reasons reside in Washington DC under the deceptive label of “Representatives”.


  2. Robert Morrow says:

    ONE = global socialism. Maybe that works for you folks in DC and at the UN and NGOs that are feeding out of the trough, but the average middle class American does not want to waste money on you guys and your schemes.


  3. ALA says:

    POA’s comment reflects a tremendous amount of ignorance. When we’re talking about global poverty, we’re talking about millions of people dying of hunger and preventable diseases. We’re talking about 2/5 of the world living on less than $2/day. We’re talking about people who don’t even have a chance to have a chance.
    No reason we can’t help these folks AND fix America’s own poverty problem.
    Seriously, anything that starts or ends with “America first,” should arouse all of our suspicions.


  4. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Charity begins at home. If we do not start to respect that old adage, we ain’t gonna be in any condition to help anyone out, because we will be a third world nation ourself. Our infrastructure is failing, and not being restored, our educational system is in shambles, a total disgrace, and our homeless number in the millions, as do citizen families living below the poverty level.
    Lets feed America first.


  5. Jessica says:

    I’m so happy to hear of ONE Vote 08’s success. We need to force our representatives—current and future—to push for the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, which call for cutting world hunger in half by 2015 and eliminating it altogether by 2025. It has been calculated that $19 billion would eliminate starvation and malnutrition worldwide. Compare this number with the United States’ current defense budget—$522 billion—and the task of ending global hunger seems well within reach.


  6. Carroll says:

    Sounds good.
    What exactly are they spending 30 million on and what else?
    And how are they going to get the candidates to sign pledges?


  7. Cloned Poster says:

    Here’s an interesting pledge that I am going to sign, please also sign and pass it on. Well worth the effort.


  8. Port Chester says:

    Sen. Benedict A. Lieberman (?-CT) voted with the Republicans on cloture for proceeding to a vote of no confidence in AG Alberto Gonzales. He’s fully in the un-American camp now more than ever.
    How you Nutmeggers feelin’ about yer choice; bet y’all just can’t wait to bomb Iran too!


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