With the first of 4 debates between presidential and vice presidential candidates kicking off Monday night, CUNA is launching the next phase of its "Strong Credit Unions. Strong Middle Class" campaign. The campaign’s website, MiddleClass2016.com has been updated with several new features to allow the credit union community to share how credit unions benefit working class Americans, including on Facebook, which debate organizers will be using to identify and compile voter concerns about which to ask the candidates.
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.
This phase is focused on reinforcing that any discussion of the middle class during the debates should include credit unions, and getting commitment from the nominees that they will support credit unions by protecting the tax status and easing regulatory burdens.
“Both major party presidential nominees are focusing their messages on how to grow and strengthen the middle class,” said Richard Gose, CUNA’s chief political officer. “We know strong and healthy credit unions are central to a strong middle class, so we hope credit unions will make their voices heard so we are part of the national conversation around the middle class.”
CUNA’s goal with the latest phase of the campaign is to create an online presence that will be picked up by debate organizers, who will then incorporate the message into the debates.
CUNA’s key points in the "Strong Credit Unions. Strong Middle Class" campaign include:
The first phase of "Strong Credit Unions. Strong Middle Class" was launched last year, and resulted in more than 30,000 messages sent to all presidential primary candidates.