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Big Issues for Candidates

Views on Social Security, Medicare and retirement security

Volunteers, including AARP Wisconsin President Pat Killeen, get pointers from on facilitating You've Earned a Say sessions about Social Security and Medicare.

Volunteers, including AARP Wisconsin President Pat Killeen, center facing camera, get pointers on facilitating You've Earned a Say sessions about Social Security and Medicare. — Photo by Darren Hauck

What's at stake

"In today's world of instant spin, myths and misinformation go global within seconds," Lamkins said. "We think it's important that people understand what is at stake with these issues."

AARP Wisconsin plans to cosponsor a debate between the two U.S. Senate candidates, Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin and former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson.

They will be asked:

* How would you protect Social Security for today's seniors and strengthen it for future generations?

* How would you put Medicare on stronger financial ground and protect today's seniors and future retirees from the burden of rising health costs?

* How would you help Americans, especially those 50-plus, build a financial nest egg for retirement?

In addition, candidates for the eight U.S. House seats will be invited to forums.

AARP does not endorse candidates. "We're just providing the unvarnished facts about the positions the candidates take," said Sam Wilson, AARP Wisconsin state director.

All the Wisconsin candidates for state and national office have been asked to state their positions in writing on Social Security, Medicare and planning for retirement. Those responses will be posted on AARP Wisconsin's Facebook page and on the AARP Wisconsin website. AARP Wisconsin will also have real-time updates on all election news on Twitter.

Marie Rohde is a writer living in Milwaukee.

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