Candidates queried on poverty

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio, jointly asked all the major presidential contenders to comment on their positions on poverty in America.

GOP contender Mitt Romney's campaign was the only one to respond to the inquiry.

"The best thing the federal government can do to help the poor in America today is to pursue pro-growth policies that will create jobs, increase incomes, and restore America's promise," Mr. Romney said through a spokesman. "Our agenda, from an across-the-board tax rate cut to the aggressive expansion of domestic energy production, will do just that."

Romney representatives also noted that late last month, he gave a Detroit speech emphasizing that he would turn over most major federal aid programs for the poor, including Medicaid and housing subsidies, to the states, and that the former governor also believes the disintegration of two-parent families is a major problem.

"When you have 40 percent of kids being born out of wedlock, and among certain ethnic groups the vast majority being born out of wedlock, you ask yourself, how are we going to have a society in the future? The likelihood of them being able to finish high school or college drops dramatically in single-parent homes. And we haven't been willing to talk about this," Mr. Romney said last month.



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