Circle of Protection

We are heads of Christian denominations, agencies, organizations, and educational institutions who believe that God expects national leaders to prioritize the needs of poor and hungry people.

Past Candidate Statements

Over 100 Christian leaders asked each 2016 presidential candidate, “What would you do as president to offer help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world?” The videos on this page, produced by the campaigns, are their response. The Circle of Protection presents them without comment.

The major party nominees also provided written statements in response to the question “If elected, what will you do to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and create opportunity in the U.S. and worldwide?” Their responses are presented here without comment. Click an image to view the full text.

View the statement by Donald Trump

View the statement by Hillary Clinton

2016 Candidate Videos

Transcript for Jeb Bush

Transcript for Dr. Ben Carson

Transcript for Hillary Clinton

Transcript for Ted Cruz

Transcript for Carly Fiorina

Transcript for Lindsey Graham

Transcript for Mike Huckabee

Transcript for John Kasich

Transcript for Martin O’Malley

Transcript for Marco Rubio

Transcript for Bernie Sanders

2012 Candidate Videos

President Barack Obama, Democrat

Governor Mitt Romney, Republican