The 2012 presidential election is almost a year away…but the political circus has already started…and the elephants are on the march. The news is filled with stories of candidate controversies and debate gaffes – but it’s hard to find any concrete information on where the candidates actually stand on the issues that matter.
So where’s a voter to go if they want the real facts, and not the partisan spin? We proudly submit that AARP is a good place to start. AARP has been engaged in non-partisan voter education activities for 25 years. We don’t have a political action committee and we don’t endorse any candidates or contribute to any campaigns. Period. Our goal is to encourage AARP members and the general public to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
We’re working hard to provide information to AARP members and all Americans on where the candidates stand so they can make informed decisions at the polls on election day. The issues we’re focusing on this Presidential Election are the economy, jobs, and retirement security, especially the future of Social Security and Medicare.
And we’re not just asking the candidates where they stand on these important issues – we’re asking you too. Recently, we surveyed likely voters and caucus goers in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. The results show that these voters overwhelmingly believe that Social Security and Medicare are essential to a secure retirement and oppose cuts to their earned benefits to reduce the deficit.
We’ve also created a Video Voters’ Guide with the Republican presidential candidates who are polling 5% or higher in a national average of non-partisan surveys. In the video guide, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Congressman Ron Paul, and Governor Rick Perry shared their views on the issues of jobs and the economy, retirement security, Social Security and Medicare. Former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza Herman Cain and former Governor Mitt Romney were also asked to participate but unfortunately declined the invitation. The video guide will be available online on December 14th and available for order at 1-888-OUR-AARP.
For information on the survey results, the Video Voters’ Guide, and other voter education activities, check out www.aarp.org/youearnedit. And stay tuned for more from AARP. We promise to help you cut through the spin and get the facts you need to make an informed decision at the voting booth.