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Watch: 2020 Democratic presidential candidates answer Christian leaders' question about poverty

Watch: 2020 Democratic presidential candidates answer Christian leaders' question about poverty

John Delaney 

John Delaney, a former Democratic member of the House of Representatives from Maryland and a Catholic multimillionaire who unseated longtime Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in 2012, said he would “pledge to tirelessly end hunger" in the U.S. by the end of his presidency. 

“We know we can do it. Both here and around the world, we made a lot of progress in poverty reduction and ending hunger,” Delaney said. “We have seen extraordinary progress in terms of lifting human beings out of poverty across the last several decades.”

One of Delaney’s proposed solutions is to “create a form of universal healthcare so that every American has healthcare as a human right.”

He also called for the expansion of the social safety net, saying, “those [are] very important programs that provide food to those that are hungry and housing to those that are homeless.”

“We need to expand those,” Delaney stressed. “We need to reimagine those so they are more successful. And we need to invest in those kinds of programs. No one should go homeless in our country. No one should go hungry.”

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