Circle of Protection

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. - John 3:16

2020 Candidate Videos

Michael Bennet, Democrat

Mike Bloomberg, Democrat

Pete Buttigieg, Democrat

John Delaney, Democrat

Amy Klobuchar, Democrat

Tom Steyer, Democrat

Our Request to Candidates

“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 a member of the Circle of Protection leadership.

“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. We will not publicly evaluate candidate policy positions or endorse any candidate.


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.

About 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