Each election cycle, ANA-PAC endorses candidates who have demonstrated strong support for nursing and healthcare issues. Federal candidates under consideration for endorsement are judged using concrete endorsement criteria, which is set forth by the ANA-PAC Board.
For the Presidential election, a special Presidential Endorsement Task Force is selected from the ANA-Pac to work with ANA Government Affairs staff on evaluating candidates for President. The process includes examining the voting records of viable candidates, drafting a questionnaire to gauge support for ANA’s core policy issues, conducting candidate interviews, and polling state nursing associations and the membership of ANA.
To assess member support of each candidate, ANA held a Virtual Voting Booth from April 9, 2012 through April 23, 2012. Members were allowed to vote only once and could indicate a first and second choice candidate. Barack Obama was the clear favorite among ANA members, with 69% or respondents choosing him as their top candidate. The Presidential Endorsement Taskforce then forwards their recommendation on to the ANA-PAC and ANA Board for ratification.
In choosing endorsements for Senate and House of Representatives, ANA assesses WSNA’s support of the candidate and gathers information on the campaign by communicating with WSNA, conducting candidate interviews, distributing ANA’s candidate questionnaire to non-incumbents, assessing incumbent’s legislative records on ANA’s priority issues, reviewing campaign polling and fundraising information, and tracking races in trade publications and newspapers. All ANA-PAC candidate endorsements are approved by WSNA.
For more information about ANA-PAC endorsements, please visit www.rnaction.org/election_center.
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