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AARP Iowa Survey of Reliable Republican Caucus-goers: Sioux City's Forum on 10/25 Important Measure for Candidate Support

SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers say they want the Republican candidates for President to participate in Sioux City’s nationally-televised Divided We Fail Forum focused on the issues of health care and financial security on Thursday, October 25, at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City. Sen. Sam Brownback, Sen. John McCain and Gov. Mike Huckabee have confirmed their participation.

“This research clearly illustrates that AARP Iowa members want to hear the candidates’ ideas on health care and financial security issues,” said AARP Iowa State Director Bruce Koeppl. “We hope that candidates will take the opportunity to share their solutions to these vital domestic issues with Iowa caucus-goers and millions of voters from coast-to-coast.”

Today, AARP released the results of a new issues survey with 82 percent of likely Republican caucus-going AARP Iowa members saying it is important that Republican candidates participate in the Divided We Fail Forum focused on health care and financial security issues – with 43 percent saying very important and 39 percent saying somewhat important. The sample of 502 likely Republican caucus-going AARP Iowa members was taken at the end of last week and has a 4.4 percent margin of error. The full research can be found here.

The survey also indicates that overall candidate discussion of health care and financial security issues is very important to their vote. For instance, 92 percent said financial security issues, such as savings and investment, pension protection, and Social Security will be important in choosing a candidate (51 percent very important / 41 percent somewhat important), while 84 percent of these Republicans said health care issues will be important for their overall support (33 percent very important / 51 percent somewhat important).

“With one of every three Republican caucus-goers in Iowa being an AARP member or Divided We Fail volunteer, these fresh numbers about the importance of the Sioux City Forum should weigh heavily on the candidates and further illustrate that their campaign cannot afford to miss this opportunity,” remarked Pete Jeffries, Divided We Fail’s Senior Campaign Coordinator.

Over 1,000 tickets already have been requested for the history-making event, the first-time that Western Iowa’s had the opportunity to host a nationally-televised Presidential Candidate Forum. Locally supported by the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and the Sioux City Journal, the event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for attendance. To secure a seat, call (877) 926-8300 or visit on the Web at

Iowa Public Television (IPTV) will broadcast the Forum live from Sioux City from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (CST). In addition to the statewide Iowa television audience, the Forum will be carried nationally on over 80 percent of PBS stations nationwide. PBS Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff will moderate the 90-minute Forum that will focus solely on health and financial security.

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