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To the Presidential Candidates: I Will Steal Your Car

By Michele McNeil — December 18, 2007 1 min read

ED in ‘08 has come out with an in-your-face public-service announcement in these days before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.

The ad, which ED in ’08 says will start running soon in key battleground states, portrays several teenagers who declare that they are the future. But the future is bleak: “I will steal your car,” one student says. “I will use drugs to escape,” another says. “You will support me because I can’t get a job.” You get the idea.

ED in ‘08, whose goal is to make education a top priority in the presidential campaign, still has a long road ahead of it. And not everyone agrees with the group’s tactics. The most recent Washington Post national poll from Dec. 9 shows that just 1 percent of the 1,136 adults asked identified education as the single most important issue in their choice for president. That’s down from 2 percent in November.

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