FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2011
AARP Launches 2012 Republican Caucus and Primary Video Voters’ Guide
Video Hosts Unedited Interviews with Republican Candidates
WASHINGTON – As part of its efforts to help voters understand where the candidates stand on the issues that matter most to them and their families, AARP launched its 2012 Republican Caucus and Primary Video Voters’ Guide.
“AARP has a strong, 25 year tradition of keeping our members and all Americans informed about the issues,” said Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President for AARP. “These voters, as well as others across all age groups, want candidates to know the importance of protecting key lifelines like Social Security and Medicare, and we will continue to help make their voices heard.”
The AARP 2012 Republican Caucus and Primary Video Voters’ Guide features one-on-one, unedited interviews with four of the top Republican presidential candidates on topics important to voters 50-plus, including: jobs and the economy, retirement security, Social Security and Medicare. The video will be available to all AARP members and the general public on www.aarp.org/youearnedit, as well as through the AARP Bulletin.
The guide features candidates who registered at 5% or higher in an average of national polls. They include Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Congressman Ron Paul and Texas Governor Rick Perry. Former Godfather Pizza CEO Herman Cain and Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney declined invitations to participate.
Throughout the election season, AARP will provide information to its members and all Americans on candidates and issues as part of a longstanding voter education initiative. For over 25 years, the association has provided information to the public and will continue to do so this election season by hosting opinion leader forums, listening posts, moderated conversations with voters and debate watch parties. AARP also sponsors candidate debates, post-debate media spin rooms and filing centers.
For more information on the Video Voters’ Guide, please visit www.aarp.org/youearnedit.
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