The Common Good

U.S. denominations urge candidates to respond to poverty

Date: September 14, 2012

U.S. Christian denominations and faith-based aid groups said on Sept. 13 that presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have responded to an invitation to state their intentions for dealing with poverty.

Video statements from Romney, the Republican candidate, and Obama, the incumbent president and a Democrat, can be viewed at, according to a news release from the National Council of Churches (NCC).

The Rev. Jim Wallis, president of the progressive Christian group Sojourners, said that "for years Christians have been separated by elections, but finally, we have a common ground moral issue: poverty. Across the political and theological spectrum, this group has put aside differences and taken up this mantle of protecting the poor and bringing their stories and struggles to light."