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AARP Statement on Iowa Republican Debate on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanoupoulos"

AARP Associate Director of Media Relations Cecelia Prewett made the following statement about the Iowa Republican debate on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

“Today, the candidates took steps to address the top domestic issues for a vast majority of Americans – their health and financial security."

While they did not directly address how they would lower skyrocketing healthcare costs, they did agree America needs to address the high number of uninsured. Talking about these issues is an important first step. That is why Divided We Fail and AARP will continue to ask questions on these issues at candidate forums on September 20 in Davenport for the Democrats and October 25 in Sioux City for the Republicans.

“The next step is discussing ways to move towards action and answers that can benefit all Americans. On behalf of AARP’s 38 million members, we will be watching and listening.”

Divided We Fail and AARP are monitoring the number of health and financial security questions asked during the presidential debates. For more information about Divided We Fail and the debate, visit the Divided We Fail debate tracker.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable 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, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP.org. 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. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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