ONE is hitting the campaign trail to find out where candidates stand on extreme poverty. Stay tuned for more updates like these from our field team and organizers on the road.
During a stop on his bus tour of Florida last Saturday in West Miami, former Florida Statehouse Speaker and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio, was greeted by several hundred Floridians — and some ONE members who were there to remind him about the world’s poorest people. Despite the large crowd, we arrived extra early, and were able to stand in the front row as he gave his speech.
After the event concluded, we were able to quickly speak with Marco, and ONE Congressional District Leader, Alix Gordon, was able to hand him a ONE band. He immediately recognized our ONE shirts and we urged him to support America’s leadership in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria if elected to the U.S. Senate. He told us we were “doing great work” and urged us to continue what we are doing.
Over the next three weeks leading up to the elections, Florida ONE members will be out in full force as we continue to engage candidates and voters about America’s efforts in the fight against extreme poverty in Africa. Florida ONE members have already had great interaction with all three candidates for the U.S. Senate, and look forward to continuing the hard work all the way to November 2nd and beyond.
-Will Godfrey, ONE Vote 2010 state organizer, Ohio