In August, Greg Kaufmann at The Nation Magazine started a series called Talk About Poverty (#TalkPoverty). The first four articles profile people who have worked to eradicate hunger, and list the questions they would like to ask Obama and Romney in the first debate. Kaufmann’s most recent article lists 13 of the most pressing questions. [ref name=”#TalkPoverty: Thirteen Questions for the First Presidential Debate”]The Nation Magazine. Available: http://www.thenation.com/blog/170291/talkpoverty-thirteen-questions-first-presidential-debate[/ref] Many individuals and organizations have become involved in this project, including Half in Ten, the Coalition on Human Needs, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
The main point here is that Jim Lehrer is going to have the opportunity to ask these questions in tonight’s debate. After the debate you can tweet your thanks if he asks questions about poverty, or express your disappointment if he fails to do so. You can also join HalfinTen’s campaign to cut hunger in half in ten years at [ref name=”Half in Ten”]http://halfinten.org/[/ref], follow @halfinten, and tweet about the debate using the #TalkPoverty hash tag. Be sure to include Jim Lehrer’s Twitter handle (@NewsHour).