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My next guest has raised awareness of Down syndrome at a national level already his son Alex was born with Down syndrome.
Texas congressman Pete Sessions joins me now congressman welcome good to have you here tonight.
Thank you very much talked a little bit about Sarah Palin's speech today and what it means to families like yours and what you think she would actually be able to do.
-- to move the ball forward with regard to children especially this country.
I think that families that have special needs.
Adults and children in their families.
Understand firsthand exactly what the broad range of needs or four.
Those people which we care for and love so much Sarah Palin joins us as an ally today.
And I believe when Senator McCain picked her he understood and knew that Sarah Palin had traded Down syndrome.
Child -- she would be traveling with and would highlight.
The important attributes of what Sarah Palin and I think John McCain would do it and administration.
Would be to highlight the need for not only health care educational vocational long term needs of special needs people but it would highlight -- the United States congress and the American people.
The need to make sure that if we will do the right things.
That these families can take care of their special needs.
In a way that it lessens the need -- the federal government and enhances.
The needs of so many of these adults and young people.
Who need an opportunity to come be a part of -- workplace as well as the vocational attributes and the long care needs.
And senator Palin understands this and is beginning to understand it as well as I -- Alex's fourteen years old and I'm still in the midst.
Of seen all of the needs but as I look up the federal government is not a willing partner and they need to -- In -- and what do you think this tells us about about Sarah Palin it you know.
She's at a a lot of different reaction and I gas from the press and the people out there some very positive some very negative is this.
A part of her that you wish we had seen more earlier on.
You know I think what it says about Sarah Palin is that she is learning as I had to do and still am learning firsthand.
About the needs fire special.
Individuals who we have take some responsibility for as Russell of parents but also our need to plan long term -- them.
While Alex is fourteen soon he'll be wanting to enter the workplace just as other.
Eighteen and nineteen and twenty year -- will and they work place is not a good place for persons with disabilities for other needs.
Likewise the long term needs to health care needs of Alex.
Need to be understood so Sarah Palin by being an advocate.
Means that people will listen there or very specific things which we can must.
And should do and one of those is we should not be raising taxes at a time when families need a chance to take care of their -- -- We should be offering.
Tax free savings accounts for people with disabilities and for families who need help and taking care of the special cases.
-- vocational opportunities.
And Sarah Palin will be a great advocate to join us kind of.
Is this I just thank you very much and thanks for sharing some of your -- and a personal side of this story as well thank you sir.
Thank you by.
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