5 Ways to Stay Out of the Presidential Debate Spin Cycle

With President Obama holding a narrow lead in the polls and looking to close the sale, and challenger Mitt Romney searching for a game-changing big play, the stakes in this year’s presidential debates are probably even higher than usual. The initial debate, which will focus on domestic policy, takes place on Wednesday at 9 p.m. (Eastern Time) in Denver, with PBS NewsHour host Jim Lehrer moderating. From PBS, here’s a preview of the debate. Even before the candidates meet on stage, both campaigns are furiously trying to …

5 Cool Ways to Follow the 2012 Elections Online

If you’re a fan of Saturday Night Live, you may have gotten a chuckle from the spoof advertisement poking fun at what political pundits call “low information” undecided voters. “Before you’re going to get our vote, you’re going to have to answer some questions,” the ad explains. “What are the names of the two people running? And be specific!” But seriously, though, unless you’re filing an absentee ballot from a desert island without Internet access, there’s really no excuse for being a …

A Debate on Our Issues? I’ll Drink to That!

As a lifelong political junkie, I’m looking forward to next week’s presidential debates like a sports fan looks forward to a playoff game. Now that I’m in my 50s, watching the televised debates won’t be quite the party occasion that it might have been 30-odd years ago, when friends and I would liven things up by taking a swig of beer every time one of the candidates mentioned the word “jobs” or “taxes.” Still, it should be fun to see …

AARP Voters’ Guides Are Here!

Hello, readers! It’s Allie the intern here this week, talking to you about the upcoming election and how the AARP Voters’ Guides can help you research your candidates. Don’t forget to register and vote! Like many voters, you may be wondering who to vote for. Perhaps you’ve made up your mind on your Presidential pick, but local elections? Candidate information may be hard to find. But never fear – AARP Voters’ Guides are here! These handy non-partisan guides give you …

New Poll Shows Significant Age Divide on GOP Medicare Plan

By Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News The Republican proposal to change Medicare that has been championed by GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan remains unpopular with Americans, although younger people are more receptive to it than older ones, according to a new poll. Only 37 percent say that the program should be changed to a “premium support” system in which the government provides beneficiaries with a fixed amount of money to buy coverage, either from traditional Medicare or private …

New Poll Shows Whom Swing-State Voters Trust on Medicare

A new USA Today/Gallup survey of voters in 12 key swing states finds that they have more confidence in President Obama than his challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, when it comes to protecting Medicare. Fifty percent of the voters polled said that they trust Obama the most to address issues relating to Medicare, compared with 44 percent for Romney. That’s roughly comparable to the slightly larger 51-43 edge that the president holds on that issue nationwide, according to other Gallup polls. This survey questioned 1,215 adults in  in Colorado, …