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AARP Statement on Vice Presidential Debate

AARP, a sponsor of activities at all four of the 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential debates, released the following statement ahead of tonight’s debate. AARP Senior Vice President John Hishta said:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 11, 2012

CONTACT: Tiffany Lundquist, Josh Rosenblum, 202-434-2560,

AARP Statement on Vice Presidential Debate

Danville, KY—AARP, a sponsor of activities at all four of the 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential debates, released the following statement ahead of tonight’s debate. AARP Senior Vice President John Hishta said:

“Before tonight’s debate AARP held a thought-provoking conversation on the campus of Centre College about the future of Social Security with people of diverse ages and political viewpoints.  As the Presidential campaigns and debates have progressed AARP is pleased that the candidates have begun discussing what they’d do to strengthen Social Security and Medicare for current and future generations. But our conversation today demonstrated that America’s voters still want and deserve more details about what the candidates’ plans will mean for them and their families. Americans of all ages want to hear how the candidates would strengthen Social Security and Medicare to protect the health and financial security of today’s seniors and future beneficiaries. We encourage the candidates to offer more specifics about their plans before Election Day.

“Across party lines, older voters say that getting more information on the candidates’ plans on these crucial economic security programs will help to determine their vote. We know our members vote, and they want the candidates to tell them how they’ll protect the critical Medicare and Social Security benefits that they -- and their kids and their grandkids -- count on.

“Earlier this year, we launched You’ve Earned a Say, a national conversation on the future of Social Security and Medicare. We hope the debate tonight addresses health and retirement security, and we look forward to a continued dialogue on these critical issues.”

For more information on where the candidates stand in their own words see AARP’s Voters’ Guides at  Join the conversation on and

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for Americans 50+ and the world's largest-circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for the 50+ audience; AARP VIVA, a bilingual lifestyle multimedia platform addressing the interests and needs of Hispanic Americans; and national television and radio programming including My Generation and Inside E Street. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at


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