Watch Obama and Romney Statements on Hunger and Poverty
Today, the Circle of Protection and Bread for the World debut historic videos of President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney talking about their respective plans to provide help and opportunity for hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world.
This summer, the Christian leaders comprising the Circle of Protection asked both candidates to record these brief video statements. The debut of the candidate videos comes on the same day as the release of new U.S. Census Bureau poverty data figures that reveal 15 percent of Americans lived in poverty in 2011.
“We can pay down our debt in a balanced and responsible way, but we cannot balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable," said President Obama in his video statement. "And certainly can’t ask the poor, the sick, or those with disabilities to sacrifice even more, or ask the middle-class to pay more, just so we can offer massive new tax cuts to those who’ve been blessed with the most. It’s not just bad economics, it’s morally wrong."
"If we’re going to help lift our brothers and sisters out of poverty we must restore our economy and reduce the debt," said Governor Romney in his video. "When our economy is healthy and growing, we have the resources to take care of those who still find themselves in need. That’s why we must deliver the recovery we have all been waiting for, and the jobs too many Americans are still looking for."
After watching the videos, please share them on Facebook, and Twitter. Then, let President Obama and Mitt Romney know what you think of their respective plans to eliminate hunger and poverty. And, finally, learn more about what you can do to urge elected officials to form a circle of protection around programs that help poor and hungry people.
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