The Common Good

What the presidential candidates say about poverty; Obama, Romney respond to Circle of Protection invitation

Date: September 13, 2012

Earlier this summer, Circle of Protection leaders invited the presidential candidates to submit short video statements. "We believe that this presidential campaign should include a clear focus on what each candidate proposes to do to provide help abd opportunity for hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world," they wrote. The leaders stressed that God hold nations accountable for the treatment of those Jesus called "the least of these" (Matthew 24:45).

“This is unprecedented. 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. It’s because of this unprecedented unity around those whom Jesus called ‘the least of these’ that the Presidential candidates felt they had to respond.”
Rev. Jim Wallis
President and CEO, Sojourners