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Statement by AARP Senior Vice President John Hishta on Iowa Caucuses

Terry Banks, 202-434-2560,, @AARPMedia
Josh Rosenblum, 202-434-2548,, @joshuarosenblum


Washington, DCAARP released the following statement from Senior Vice President John Hishta following the Democratic and Republican caucuses in Iowa last night:

“AARP congratulates the winners of the Democratic and Republican caucuses and celebrates the AARP Take A Stand campaign victory in putting Social Security on the agenda.

“AARP launched Take A Stand to press presidential candidates to lay out their plans to make Social Security financially sound for future generations.  Thanks to efforts by AARP members, Social Security was mentioned by the presidential candidates 499 times in public settings over just the last month.

“Take A Stand volunteers and staff in Iowa pressed candidates on how they would update Social Security, with 143 volunteers attending 71 presidential candidate events in the last week alone.  Throughout the campaign season, Iowa volunteers placed more than 34,000 phone calls to urge the presidential candidates to take a stand on Social Security. 

“In the run up to the New Hampshire primary, Take A Stand volunteers are building on the more than 48,000 phone calls they’ve already made by pressing candidates at events and on social media. In the final week of the campaign, volunteers will fan out across the state to question candidates about their plans.

“Take a Stand will build on our efforts for the New Hampshire and South Carolina contests, and continue onward from there.”

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