The Common Good

We Asked; They Answered: Obama, Romney on Poverty

Date: September 13, 2012

A new precedent was set yesterday. For years Christians have been separated by elections, but finally, we share a common-ground moral issue: poverty—what is happening to God’s most vulnerable children here in America and around the world.

Across the political and theological spectrum, the faith community is putting aside differences and taking up the biblical vocation 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.

With a unified voice, a broad array of Christian leaders came together to challenge the presidential candidates to directly address the issue of poverty. That’s because, as you have heard, the poverty numbers reported yesterday by the Census Bureau are not just numbers for us—they are people we know, children that we have come to love, and families we have watched struggle so painfully.