(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/7/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization,Â today called onÂ moderators of tonightâ€™sÂ Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire toÂ questionÂ candidates aboutÂ President Trumpâ€™s recentÂ expansion of the Muslim Ban.
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.Â
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:
â€œWe kindly request during tonightâ€™sÂ 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.
â€œSo far, no prior debate moderator has asked, â€˜if elected president, will you dismantle President Trumpâ€™s Muslim Travel Ban?â€™
We hope you will.â€
The debate is being co-hosted byÂ ABC News, Apple News and WMUR-TV and take place at Saint Anselm College.Â
Earlier today, CAIRÂ issued an action alertÂ urging all eligible Muslim voters in New Hampshire to participate in that stateâ€™s primary election to be heldÂ Tuesday, February 11.
On Monday, CAIR released aÂ Pre-Iowa Caucus Poll surveyingÂ 346 registered Muslim voters nationwideÂ 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.
CAIRâ€™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 groupâ€™sÂ 2020 Muslims Vote CampaignÂ (#MuslimsVote) designed to empower American Muslims by increasing their political capacity and presence in the 2020 General Election.Â
Kicking off the campaign last month, CAIR released itsÂ 2020 General ElectionÂ “Sample Questions for Candidates and Government Officials” toolkit and a “State Voter Registration, Primary, Caucus, and Special Election Calendarâ€ 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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.