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Calling All CUs! Vote on Questions for Inclusion in Oct. 9 Prez Debate
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 6:45 AM

Credit union stakeholders have a chance to put a question before presidential candidates by voting for a question that could be asked at the Oct. 9 “town hall” debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Last week, CUNA launched the next phase “Strong Middle Class. Strong Credit Unions” campaign for campaign debate season, with a goal of creating an online presence that will be picked up by debate organizers, who will then incorporate the message into the debates.

The question credit unions can vote for is: “Is there an alternative to the big banks on Wall Street? What will you do to help credit unions and local community banks grow the middle class on Main Street?”

According to the Open Debate Coalition, ABC, and CNN moderators have agreed to consider the top 30 questions voted on via presidentialopenquestions.com. The credit union-related question had more than 1,000 votes as of Monday. 

This is a non-partisan effort, as CUNA does not endorse presidential candidates. The campaign represents CUNA’s efforts to ensure credit unions are part of the ongoing conversation around the election.

“The goal of the campaign, which we originally launched during the primaries last year and is in its final phase as we get closer to the election, is to get a commitment from the major-party presidential candidates to, first, support the credit union tax status, and second, commit to easing regulatory burden on credit unions,” said Trey Hawkins, CUNA’s vice president of political affairs.

Since the beginning of the campaign, more than 30,000 messages have been sent through CUNA’s “Strong Middle Class. Strong Credit Unions.” website, www.MiddleClass2016.com, promoting the website and encouraging others to engage. 

Credit union stakeholders can vote for the debate question, send messages to the candidates, and view other resources at the website.