President Barack Obama

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The Washington Post, December 13, 2012: (Op-Ed) The overlooked plight of black males

"Our politics moves from budget showdown to cultural conflict to trivial controversy while carefully avoiding the greatest single threat to the unity of America: the vast, increasing segregation of young, African American men and boys from the promise of their country."

CNN, November 05, 2012: Election 2012: What about the poor?

"One wants to strengthen the nation's existing safety net. The other wants to overhaul it. President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney have vastly different views on how to help the 46.2 million Americans in poverty and the more than 30 million people who are near poor. The president leans toward expanding the programs that exist, while the Republicans say they will set up a system that fosters economic opportunity instead of government dependency."

CNN, November 02, 2012: (Op-Ed) President Barack Obama: My vision for America

"Change is an America where we reduce our deficit by cutting spending where we can, and asking the wealthiest Americans to go back to the income tax rates they paid when Bill Clinton was president. I've worked with Republicans to cut a trillion dollars of spending, and I'll do more. I'll work with anyone of any party to move this country forward. But I won't agree to eliminate health insurance for millions of poor, elderly, or disabled on Medicaid, or turn Medicare into a voucher just to pay for another millionaire's tax cut."

The Washington Times, November 02, 2012: (Editorial) 7.9 percent

“Neither the quantity nor the quality of jobs being created in the present ‘recovery’ are reason for optimism. Too many of the jobs created in the last two months have been either part-time, or positions to fill the needs of the holiday retail season. Part-time jobs rarely lift a household out of poverty, and poverty rates are already at the highest rate in decades.”

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2012 Video Statement on Poverty

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News and Resources for the "47 Percent" Tax Debate and Election 2012
Candidate Poverty Quotations: October 16th Presidential Debate

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Policy Statements

Below are a list of policies from the candidate for issues related to reducing poverty and promoting opportunity with links to more information on the candidate’s website and, where applicable, their official government website.

Tax policy
President Obama proposes to reform the tax code, close tax loopholes for the wealthy, cut the payroll tax for businesses and employees and make refundable tax credits permanent. Obama also proposes offering tax credits to businesses who hire veterans and currently unemployed workers.
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>>Read more about President Obama's record on taxes.

Jobs Plan

President Obama has proposed a jobs plan, The American Jobs Act, which includes reforming the unemployment insurance program, extending tax credits to small businesses, investing in infrastructure and expanding the payroll tax cut. The plan would also create a Pathways Back to Work initiative to help train workers and connect them with employers.
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>>Read more about President Obama’s record on jobs and the economy

Health Care
The Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama, reforms the health care system in America. The Act will be fully implemented by 2014.
>>Read more about President Obama’s health care record.
>>Read more about the Affordable Health Care Act.

President Obama supports creating opportunity for all Americans by providing work supports to low-income Americans, expanding access to affordable housing, extending tax credits to low-wage workers and providing home visits to low-income, first-time parents by trained professionals.
>>Read more about President Obama’s record on issues related to poverty in America.

President Obama proposes expanding access to higher education through more federal financial aid programs and passing a student loan reform act for those with loan debt. Obama also pledges to reform the public school system in America and expand early childhood education.
>>Read more about President Obama’s education plan.
>>Read more about President Obama’s education record.


Spotlight has tracked what President Obama has said about poverty and opportunity during recent interviews.

Read quotes from President Obama from interviews with BET, ABC Nightline, the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and the Morning Show with Tom Joyner.
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