Apparently, ignoring poverty in America is becoming a tradition at the debates. According to Greg Kaufmann, author of This Week in Poverty blog at The Nation Magazine, Thursday night’s debate makes at least six Presidential or Vice Presidential debates, dating back to 2008, without a single question about poverty. (See Greg’s final installment of his five-part #talkpoverty series. [ref name=”#TalkPoverty: After the Debate]#TalkPoverty: After the Debate, More Questions From Families From Obama and Romney. Available: http://www.thenation.com/blog/170423/talkpoverty-after-debate-more-questions-families-obama-and-romney[/ref]) Maybe tonight will end that tradition.
Last Thursday’s debate between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Vice President Joe Biden, was a slight improvement over the first Presidential debate, as poverty was mentioned several times. However, we won’t let them off the hook just yet. They didn’t really #TalkPoverty because they failed to discuss the policies that address it. Tonight’s debate, moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley will begin at 9 p.m. EST. The Coalition on Human Needs has provided the following sample tweet to send to Candy:
The #TalkPoverty campaign is growing. Last week the #TalkPoverty hashtag had an average audience of 650,000 Twitter users. As impressive as that sounds, the Coalition on Human Needs asks, why not make it a million and get poverty the attention it deserves? You can also visit Halfinten.org/talkpoverty; follow @halfinten; and Like the campaign’s Facebook page.