Christian Leaders Urge Candidates to Detail Plans on Ending Poverty

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Debates2016–In advance of tonight’s presidential debate, more than 100 Christian
leaders with the Circle of Protection are re-releasing a video made by
Hillary Clinton explaining how she would work as president to address
hunger and poverty both in the United States and around the world.

Clinton’s video can be viewed here: http://circleofprotection.us/candidate-videos/.

The Circle of Protection has repeatedly asked Donald Trump for a similar
video and will post it when the video is received.

In addition to releasing the video, the Christian leaders are urging NBC
News anchor Lester Holt, who will moderate tonight’s debate, to ask
Clinton and Trump what they would do as president to address hunger and
poverty.

The Circle of Protection believes that God’s concern for hungry and poor
people is a central theme of the Bible. They are praying for a president
who will make ending hunger and poverty a top priority of his or her
administration.

The Circle of Protection has pledged not to evaluate the candidates’
policy proposals or endorse any candidate. However, they encourage
voters to study the proposals and decide for themselves which best
reflects biblical values.

Last year, during the primary campaign, the Circle of Protection sent
letters to all of the presidential candidates from both major parties
asking them to appear in a video explaining what they would do as
president to offer help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the
United States and around the world. The letter can be read here: http://files.bread.org/pdf/letter-to-candidates-010715.pdf.

In July 2016, the Circle of Protection sent a letter to both Clinton and
Trump asking for “an opportunity for a group of us to meet, talk, and
pray with you as you pursue our nation’s highest office.” To date,
neither candidate has arranged to meet with the Christian leaders. That
letter can be read here: http://www.circleofprotection.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/letter-to-trump-clinton.pdf.

The Circle of Protection is a coalition of many and diverse Christian
leaders working together for help and opportunity for hungry and poor
people in the United States and around the world.
www.circleofprotection.us

Contacts

Bread for the World
Chris Ford, 202-688-1077
cford@bread.org
or
Sojourners
Michael
Mershon, 202-745-4654
mmershon@sojo.net
or
National
Association of Evangelicals

Sarah Kropp
skropp@nae.net
or
National
Council of Churches (USA)

Steven Martin, 202-481-6929
steven.martin@nationalcouncilofchurches.us