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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.

Information in the voters’ guides will provide info:

  • Social Security: How would you protect Social Security for today’s seniors and strengthen it for future generations?
  • Medicare: How would you put Medicare on stronger financial ground and protect today’s seniors and future retirees from the burden of rising health costs?
  • Financial Security: How would you help Americans build a financial nest egg for their retirement?

AARP is only publishing candidates’ public statements that offer prospective solutions to these issues, Johnson said. “We will not publish any statements that criticize opponents or the opposing party. This shouldn’t be about partisanship, it should be about solutions.”

To help Floridians 50+ understand more about proposed solutions to these issues, AARP launched You’ve Earned a Say, a national conversation about how to strengthen Social Security and Medicare for future generations as well as today’s beneficiaries.

AARP has posted comprehensive information about 15 potential solutions to extend Social Security’s solvency and 12 potential solutions to improve Medicare’s life, including the pros and cons of each proposal. AARP enlisted experts from the conservative Heritage Foundation, the progressive Brookings Institution, the respected National Academy of Social Insurance and other well-known national experts to explain each proposal in clear terms.

To see detailed brochures about plans now being discussed in Washington to change Social Security, go to You’ve Earned a Say online. Downloadable brochures provide details of proposals to change both Social Security and Medicare. Other tools on the site help you choose which proposed solutions you think would be best, and let you know how much of each program’s solvency gap would be closed by that solution. The site also helps you contact your member of Congress to express your views on the future of Social Security and Medicare.