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Republican Presidential Candidates Talk With AARP About Social Security

Four hopefuls weigh in on a key 2012 campaign issue

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This year nearly 55 million Americans will receive $727 billion in Social Security benefits, which are funded primarily through dedicated payroll taxes. While the average Social Security benefit — about $1,200 a month — is relatively modest, roughly half of the nation's retirees would be below the poverty line without it.
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