Discussions about Poverty Need To Be More Than Just Bullet Points in Presidential Debates

by Rachel Baker on May 5, 2015

The Philly News has put together a roundup of remarks made by the presidential candidates regarding poverty. While interesting, many of them sound dangerously close to soundbites and bullet points.

Here’s a game you can play in the next few months: Which Presidential candidate sounds sincere when discussing economic, education, living wages and housing in underprivileged neighborhoods? Don’t forget to account for actions taken in the past by said candidates.

Poverty edging into 2016 presidential race amid city unrest

In a presidential campaign where candidates are jockeying to be champions of the middle class and asking wealthy people for money, the problems facing the poor are inching into the debate.

Tensions in places such as Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, have prompted candidates to explore the complicated relationship between poor communities and the police, and the deep-seated issues that have trapped many of the 45 million people who live in poverty in the United States.

But addressing the long-running economic, education and security troubles in underprivileged neighborhoods is a challenge with few easily agreed upon solutions.

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