The Common Good

Obama, Romney Address Poverty in New Videos

Date: September 13, 2012

Circle of Protection requested the videos from both the candidates. The organization of religious leaders formed to bring attention to the issue of poverty does not endorse either candidate, nor did the members at Wednesday's press conference suggest that one candidate's remarks were preferred over another. Rather, the stated goal was to encourage political leaders, at all levels of government, to make concerns about the poor central to policy debates.

"Today, our nation got a report card, a Matthew 25 report card. And friends, the news isn't good," said Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, co-facilitator of the National African American Clergy Network. "We are here this morning because our scriptures give us a clear measurement on how we should judge the health of our nation and that ruler to which we hold ourselves is how 'the least of these' are doing."

Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, also referenced Matthew 25 in his remarks.

"The biblical prophets clearly say that a nation's righteousness is determined by how it treats its poor and vulnerable. And Jesus could not be more clear in the 25th chapter of Matthew, the ways that we treat the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the homeless, the sick, the prisoner -- all those left out and left behind -- is the way we treat him."