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You did it! Watch the presidential candidates discuss child poverty on the debate stage

Israel Glenn with the Children’s Defense Fund

Feb 8, 2020 — 

We just saw the first presidential debate question about child poverty in 20 years, and it’s all because of you. Tonight at the Democratic debate in New Hampshire, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos closed out the debate by asking every candidate on stage to respond to this question:

“According to the Children’s Defense Fund, it’s been more than 20 years since child poverty was directly addressed in a presidential debate… Today, nearly 1 in 5 American preschoolers are still living below the poverty line, even though we’ve had ten straight years of economic growth. What does that say to you about where America is today and what we need to do about it?”

For the first time in a generation, poor children in America got to hear the presidential candidates offer their plans to address child poverty. Watch the discussion here..

We know that just asking a question doesn’t change the lives of the 12 million children living in poverty in the U.S. But bringing the issue to a televised debate at the most critical moment of this election thus far sends a clear message: child poverty in America is a crisis, and the next president must act to address it.

We couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you for raising your voice for the 1 in 6 children in America living in poverty.

We aren’t done demanding answers for America’s children, and we’ll keep you updated as the election draws closer. If you’d like to learn more about what we’re doing to end child poverty now and how you can help, visit

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