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CAIR Urges NH Democratic Debate Moderators to Ask About Trump Muslim Ban Expansion

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/7/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on moderators of tonight’s Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire to question candidates about President Trump’s recent expansion of the Muslim Ban.

SEE: ABC News: Trump administration expands travel ban to include six new countries

The eighth Democratic debate will be held tonight from 8 to 11 PM (ET) with only seven of the 11 candidates still running for office. 

In an email to debate moderators ABC chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir, ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis, WMUR Political Director Adam Sexton, and WMUR anchor Monica Hernandez, CAIR wrote in part:

“We kindly request during tonight’s Democratic debate that you ask all candidates a question about the Muslim Ban. Last month, on January 27, our nation marked the 3rd anniversary of this anti-Muslim executive order, and last Friday, President Trump expanded the ban to six new countries.

“So far, no prior debate moderator has asked, ‘if elected president, will you dismantle President Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban?’

We hope you will.â€

The debate is being co-hosted by ABC News, Apple News and WMUR-TV and take place at Saint Anselm College. 

The debate will be carried on national television by ABC and ABC affiliate channels and accessible online at ABC.com, the ABC mobile app.

Earlier today, CAIR issued an action alert urging all eligible Muslim voters in New Hampshire to participate in that state’s primary election to be held Tuesday, February 11.

On Monday, CAIR released a Pre-Iowa Caucus Poll surveying 346 registered Muslim voters nationwide who said they would support a Democratic Party presidential candidate if an election were held today.

Of those surveyed, Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took the lead with 39 percent support, followed by Joe Biden at 27 percent, Michael Bloomberg at 9 percent, Elizabeth Warren at 9 percent, Pete Buttigieg at 1 percent, Andrew Yang at 1 percent, Tom Steyer at 1 percent, and 11 percent saying they were unsure who they would vote for.

CAIR’s call on debate moderators to address Muslim issues, action alert to mobilize Muslim voters in New Hampshire, and pre-Iowa caucus survey are a part of the Muslim group’s 2020 Muslims Vote Campaign (#MuslimsVote) designed to empower American Muslims by increasing their political capacity and presence in the 2020 General Election. 

Kicking off the campaign last month, CAIR released its 2020 General Election “Sample Questions for Candidates and Government Officials” toolkit and a “State Voter Registration, Primary, Caucus, and Special Election Calendar†as a Muslim community resource.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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