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

Amy Klobuchar 

The 59-year-old Minnesota senator said the “cornerstone” of her presidency will be fighting child poverty at a time when 37 million Americans “do not have regular access to enough food to live an active and healthy life.”

“That means cutting child poverty in half in 10 years and ending it within a generation,” Klobuchar said. “If you don’t believe me, look at the National Academies of Science report. They actually lay out a plan of how you can do this. That is where I got my idea. That is where I get my plan.”

Klobuchar said she would push to expand the income tax credit, the childcare tax credit, and increase affordable housing opportunities for urban and rural America.  

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“Like you, I believe it is our obligation to help those who lack access to stable food and water supplies,” she said. “This also means combating global poverty and investing in economic development and tackling climate change around the world.”

Klobuchar also touted her work on the Senate Agriculture Committee and helping lead the passage of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

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