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AARP Statement on Tonight's CNN / YouTube Presidential Debate

AARP Associate Director of Media Relations Cecelia Prewett made the following statement about tonight's CNN / YouTube debate:

"Tonight's debate was an opportunity for a serious discussion about the top domestic issues facing all Americans - their health and financial security. The candidates broadly discussed these issues, talking about the importance of the future of Social Security and the need for providing comprehensive health coverage in this country.

"While the candidates took the opportunity to discuss their views on these issues, as well as decrying the partisan gridlock in Washington, it is time to focus more attention on getting action, answers and accountability on these issues and begin to talk about ways to bridge the partisan divide and to find solutions that can benefit all Americans."

AARP and Divided We Fail 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, log onto the Divided We Fail debate tracker at

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. 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 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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