Press Release: NETWORK Responds to Second Presidential Debate

For Immediate Release: October 10, 2016
Ashley Wilson,, 202-601-7856

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the second presidential debate, Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, NETWORK Lobby Executive Director and leader of Nuns on the Bus issued the following:

“We’re at a time when middle class families finally are beginning to experience a slight increase in income, and the people at the economic margins are waiting in hope.  Unfortunately, this debate centered not on the needs of the people, but on the ego of Mr. Trump to justify his behavior and deflect responsibility.

Mr. Trump’s tactics might work for reality television, but what’s at stake is the future of our nation. The lack of policy discussion is frightening.

I was looking forward to engagement with undecided concerned citizens in the town hall style format. Unfortunately, there wasn’t an opportunity for real conversation. Secretary Clinton anchored her responses in the first question, about the impact of this election on children, but was unable to change the tenor of the debate.

We urge the candidates to step out of the gutter and focus on the pressing needs of our time. Secretary Clinton has articulated a detailed strategy; NETWORK is still waiting for Mr. Trump’s plan.”

NETWORK urges voters to focus on the issues related to the common good this election, and has created candidate side by sides comparing Mr. Trump and Secretary Clinton on NETWORK’s core Mend the Gap issue areas: Tax Justice, Living Wages, Family-Friendly Workplaces, Democracy, Healthcare, Citizenship, and Housing.


NETWORK, advocates for justice inspired by Catholic sisters, educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. They have a more than 40-year track record of lobbying for critical federal programs that support those at the margins and prioritize the common good.

Sister Simone Campbell, SSS is available for interviews. For inquiries, contact Ashley Wilson or 202-601-7856.