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Nine faith leaders have joined to urge senators Barack Obama and John McCain to present a ten-year plan to combat poverty at their nominating conventions. The interfaith coalition—led by Steve Gutow, executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA—sent letters to the two candidates asking them to propose a strategy in a prime-time speech to help the 37 million Americans living below the poverty line. “As people of faith, we believe it is immoral to ignore our nation’s most vulnerable populations,” the letter said. Other signers were David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World; Richard Cizik, vice president, National Association of Evangelicals; Michael Kinnamon, general secretary, National Council of Churches; Eboo Patel, executive director, Interfaith Youth Core; David Saperstein, director, Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism; Sayyid M.


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