Which candidate will reduce poverty?

Which candidate will reduce poverty?

More Latino children are living in poverty than any other ethnic or racial group.

According to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of U.S. Census data, 37.3 percent of poor children were Latino, 30.5 percent were white and 26.6 percent were African American.

Nationwide there are more than 46 million people living in poverty.

How will each of the presidential candidates tackle the issue of poverty?

During the debates the issue of childhood poverty wasn't even mentioned.

I think we know how Mitt Romney feels about people who he claims depend on the government. His comments were clear in his "47 percent" video.

Also remember what Romney said about the poor and the safety net.

"I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there," Romney said.

Overall Romney's approach is to shift responsibility for many issues away from the federal government and to the states.

"Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask the opposite question, what should we keep?" Romney said during a GOP debate.

At the time, he was responding to a question about who holds responsibility for disaster relief.

What about the people who needed help in Hurricane Katrina? Or those who will need help during Hurricane Sandy?

Many of them are among society's most vulnerable.

It is true the poverty rate has increase from 12.6 percent in 2006 to 15 percent today. But it is holding steady as opposed to increasing, according to the latest U.S. Census data.

Only 4 percent of Americans receive welfare, according to government figures.

But Romney has tried to distort Obama's record with ads that claim he is "taking the work out of welfare." Fact checkers have said those claims are false.

Who do you trust to make sure there is a safety net for those who need it?

Our country is only strong if we are able to help those who need it most.

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