The 'Circle of Protection' a consortium of of more than 65 US church leaders, heads of denominations, relief and development agencies, and other Christian organizations, invited the presidential candidates - President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney - to submit short video statements outlining their policies on how they plan to work to alleviate poverty.
The leaders said in a statement: "We believe that this presidential campaign should include a clear focus on what each candidate proposes to do to provide help and opportunity for hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world."
The statement pointed out that God holds nations accountable for how those Jesus called "the least of these" (Matthew 25:45) are treated.
It went on to stress that the Circle of Protection does not support, oppose or in any way endorse either of the presidential candidates.
Both candidates have now submitted their filmed statements this week. They can be seen here: