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Posted By Jill Greenberg On January 9, 2008 @ 5:17 pm In Notebook | No Comments
I know everyone is tired after staying up late for the election returns over the last few days, but a little p.s. on what has been happening in Iowa and New Hampshire. AARP, its members and the issues that are so important to them have been a big part of the action. The 50-plus bloc remains a force in this election, especially on the most important issues regarding health care and financial security. In Iowa, 60 percent of Dem caucus goers and more than 70 percent of GOP caucus attendees were baby boomers and older. In New Hampshire, nearly half of all votes were cast by someone 50-plus.
It’s not just the boomers who are breaking records. Younger voters are turning out, and in record numbers. Their concerns seem to be the concerns shared by people over 50: health care and financial security. In fact, one IA entrance poll showed that GOP caucus goers under 25-years old were more concerned about the economy than the rest of the Republican caucus goers (33 percent of under-25s listed it as most important compared to 26 percent of all other GOP caucus goers).
The record turnout by all ages shows the importance of these elections and how much all Americans want change, regardless of age; especially when that change will come to the benefit of all generations. Look, if the gridlock of Washington is going to be broken, that change is not only going to come from Democrats and Republicans getting together, but also from older people and younger people coming together for common goals.
If we’re going to solve our health care crisis or address financial security issues then Washington’s going to need a change. The good news is it looks like a whole lot of people also think so.
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