A one-year-old toddler is running for President... sort of
The "Zoe for President" campaign is gaining national attention for the YMCA.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to clinch a major party's nomination for President of the United States.
But, there's another future female candidate for the White House already on the horizon.
The signs saying, “Vote for Zoe,” have been placed all around town. It's part of a campaign to elect the youngster to the White House - in 2064.
“This is Zoe. She's one. And she's running for President,” says the narrator in one ad.
Zoe is 34 years away from even being eligible to run for President, but her backers have already launched a TV ad blitz.
“If she's cared for, kept safe and has the chance to learn and grow, then she could lead our great nation in, like, 50 years,” the narrator continues.
Just who is behind this unorthodox presidential campaign? Well, it's the YMCA.
“We're looking at Zoe for President as a representation of the best that children can be,” Steve Tarver, president and CEO of the Greater Louisville YMCA told WDRB News.
The “Y” is taking advantage of this presidential election year to promote its youth development programs by using a cute one-year-old as a potential candidate for the White House.
“It's totally about giving children everything they need to realize their dreams, including maybe being President of the United States,” said Tarver.
The Zoe for President website says her campaign platform is Nurturing Young Potential, Developing Future Leaders and Building Stronger Families.
Tarver says that is the core of the Y's mission to help young people.
“We need to be focused on health, education, connecting people through relationships, accessibility, and character and ethics, and we think Zoe fits into that beautifully,” he said.
The national campaign is also part fundraiser. People can donate through the website, and even buy Zoe swag.
But who is Zoe and where is she from?
Tarver says he actually doesn't know. He says the focus is not Zoe herself, but what she represents.
“This is not a partisan effort by any means. This is a metaphor to allow us to see that every child deserves to have a strong foundation to lead them into a strong adulthood,” he said.
To learn more about the Zoe for President campaign, click here.
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