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CUNA Campaign to Focus on October Town Hall Debates
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:20 AM

Credit Union National Association is launching the next phase of its innovative Strong Credit Unions, Strong Middle Class campaign as the 2016 election season enters the Presidential and Vice Presidential debate season.

CUNA is working with its state league partners and member credit unions to create an online presence that will be picked up by debate organizers using Facebook to identify and compile voter concerns about which to ask the candidates. Credit union members are encouraged to tell the candidates that any discussion of the middle class during the debates should include credit unions. Credit unions can also pursue a commitment from the nominees that they will support credit unions by protecting the not-for-profit tax status and easing regulatory burdens facing these consumer-owned financial institutions.

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

"While we recognize everyone has their own opinions about the Presidential election and the candidates, it is too important for credit unions not to at least engage in the conversation," said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. "We simply want the next administration to understand and support the mission of credit unions and the integral role we play in growing a stronger middle class."

The campaign will focus on the Vice Presidential and Presidential Town Hall debates, occurring on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 9, respectively. These two debates will allow citizens to help influence the issues that the candidates for Vice President and President will be asked to discuss.

The MiddleClass2016 website will again serve as the main hub where CUNA will drive advocates and the public at large. Instead of focusing on the candidates, they will focus on the issues that can impact the conversation around the debates. 

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