2020 Candidate Videos
Joe Biden, Democrat
Mike Bloomberg, Democrat
Pete Buttigieg, Democrat
Amy Klobuchar, Democrat
Tom Steyer, Democrat
Urge the following candidates to make a short video telling the American people what they would do as president to offer help and opportunity to poor and hungry people in the U.S. and around the world.
The following candidates created videos for the Circle of Protection before suspending their campaigns.
Michael Bennet, Democrat
Cory Booker, Democrat
John Delaney, Democrat
Our Request to Candidates
More than 50 Christian leaders sent a letter to the presidential candidates asking them to produce a short video telling the American people 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 Bible has a lot to say about hunger and poverty – the candidates, not so much,” says Rev. David Beckmann, Bread for the World president and Circle of Protection steering committee co-coordinator.
“They dance around the issue, but rarely do they address it head on. And the media fail to press them on it. In all the presidential primary and general election debates over the past two election cycles, the ‘poverty question’ has never been raised. So, we are asking it.”
“Make a short video telling the American people what you would do as president to offer help and opportunity to poor and hungry people in the U.S. and around the world.”
The Circle of Protection is non-partisan and commits to making candidate videos available as they are shared with us. The Circle of Protection will not publicly evaluate candidate policy positions or endorse candidates.
The Circle of Protection secured videos or statements from all the major presidential candidates in both 2012 and 2016 and promoted them to the members and supporters of our churches, agencies and schools. These videos were the only direct statements on hunger and poverty to emerge from the campaigns.
In the 2020 election cycle, Circle of Protection leaders have welcomed early attention to poverty issues in a candidate forum sponsored by the Poor Peoples’ Campaign and hope to continue and expand that focus. We want to know how the candidates would address poverty in the global context as well as in the US.
The Circle of Protection is non-partisan. We look to both Republicans and Democrats for leadership, and we believe the American people should have the opportunity to compare and contrast their approaches. We are asking Democratic and Republican candidates for president to produce videos to share their plans with us. View past candidate videos