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AARP Brings You the Facts On Where Candidates Stand

A new AARP poll shows Florida voters 50 or older are deeply worried about their future. In one telling statistic, about half of those voters 50 or older who hadn’t yet retired said they didn’t believe they’d ever be able to retire.

See Also: AARP Voters’ Guide

The mood of older voters is somber, and it’s clear that they want to know what candidates would do to brighten a worrisome future,” said Jeff Johnson, AARP’s Florida state director. “They’re hungry for information and impatient with the same old political spin.”

To help older voters learn where candidates stand on issues important to them, this fall AARP will launch a series of voters’ guides.

AARP’s voters guides, released in late August, provide information on where candidates stand on key issues in the candidates’ own words, on issues such as Social Security, Medicare and the future of retirement security, Johnson said.

“AARP is non-partisan,” said Johnson. “We don’t endorse candidates for any office, elective or appointive, and we never have.”

The voters’ guides will include candidates for Congress in Florida (as well as every other state), candidates for the U.S. Senate and presidential candidates.

To ensure accuracy, AARP researchers collected the comments from candidates’ public statements, postings on the candidates’ own web sites, official U.S. House or Senate web sites, candidates’ news releases, candidates’ comments or statements on social-media sites, and interviews with candidates by the news media, Johnson said. The voters’ guides also provide references so that voters know the source of each candidate’s quotes. Candidates had an opportunity to correct statements before the guides are published, he noted.

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