I’m not exactly sure how tonight’s town hall-style debate will work—whether Candy Crowley will have the opportunity she surely deserves to push President Obama and Governor Romney further in their responses to questions posed by the audience.
If she does, I hope she will consider these questions below. They are just fourteen (and one posed by me) of the thirty-one questions offered by experts and also families that have lived in poverty as part of The Nation’s “#TalkPoverty: Questions for Obama and Romney” campaign. Most of these were offered before the first debate, but since they weren’t asked or answered, we’re asking again. Thank you Peter Edelman, Mariana Chilton, Jessica Bartholow, Tim Casey, Lisalyn Jacobs, and Equal Voice families for all of your great questions.
The Nation encourages you to tweet this article to @CrowleyCNN and your networks—who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky and a town hall participant will read it too. Use #TalkPoverty to push your own questions about poverty during the debate and to weigh in on whether the candidates are taking this issue seriously enough.
Finally, join Nation writers, editors and readers tonight for an online debate watch party complete with humor and analysis.
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1. More than 20 million people in America have with incomes below half the poverty line—less than about $9,000 for a family of three. That’s up from 12.6 million in 2000. What will you do to address this growing problem?
2. One-fifth of US children are poor. Do you agree that national policy should assure an above-poverty income to all children whose parents are willing to work?
3. One in five children in the United States struggles with hunger. As president, what would you do about our growing hunger crisis in America—especially for young children?