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Christian Leaders Press Presidential Campaigns for Response on Poverty: Obama and Romney Respond with New Exclusive Videos

Date: September 7, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              CONTACTS: Racine Hamilton, Bread for the World

September 7,2012                                (202) 688-1138 office; (301) 922-8417 cell, rhamilton@bread.org

                                                                      Carrie Adams, Sojourners, cadams@sojo.net

                                 Sarah Kropp, National Association of Evangelicals, (202) 789-1011, skropp@nae.net

                                 Kathy Saile, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, (202)459-7394, ksaile@usccb.org

 

 

Christian Leaders Press Presidential Campaigns for Response on Poverty: Obama and Romney Respond with New Exclusive Videos

 

WHO:            Circle of Protection leaders, including Bishop Stephen Blaire (chair, committee on  Domestic Justice and Human Development, US Conference of Catholic  Bishops), Rev. David Beckmann (president, Bread for the World), Rev. Jim Wallis (president, Sojourners), Rev. Gabriel Salguero (president, National Latino Evangelical Coalition) and Galen Carey (National Association of Evangelicals).

 

WHAT:          Release of new exclusive videos from President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to people of faith on poverty issues. Faith leaders highlight worsening poverty numbers on the day of the U.S. Census Bureau release.Leaders will announce a robust outreach and education strategy to reach grassroots Christian voters through the videos.    

 

WHEN:         Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

                        12:30 p.m. ET

 

WHERE:      Zenger Room, National Press Club

529 14th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20045

Reporters may conference by dialing:  (800) 755-1805

 

DETAILS:     Speakers will discuss the latest figures, show that poverty is a key religious issue that must be addressed in the 2012 election, and explain why they sought Obama’s and Romney’s  remarks in a new video compilation. Videos will also be available Sept. 12, 2012 at http://circleofprotection.us/elections.

 

For more than a year,leaders of various Christian denominations and agencies have come together to advocate for a “Circle of Protection” around funding for programs that are vital to vulnerable people in the United States and around the world.

 

To supplement the heightened focus on middle-class and wealthy Americans during this election campaign, Circle of Protection leaders  pressed presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to publicly state what each “proposes to do to provide help and opportunity for hungry and poor people in our country and around the world.” This comes at a time when the most recent poverty data is projected to be the worst on record since the U.S. Census Bureau began recording.

 

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