George Allen

On the Airwaves, It’s ‘Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Negative’

Posted on 10/9/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsCandidates up and down the ticket in both parties are putting a heavy focus on two programs important to people in or near retirement: Social Security and Medicare. But as often happens in campaigns, it’s mostly in negatives and not so much in positives. And the negatives come, overwhelmingly, in the form of attack ads in the one-step-removed environment of the airwaves. In Virginia, for example, Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen are duking it out over defense spending …

In Key Debates, Senate Candidates Make No Mention of Medicare, Social Security

Posted on 09/20/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMedicare and retirement security have been hot issues in this year’s congressional campaigns, made even more critical with control of the Senate up for grabs. But you wouldn’t know it from watching some of the debates in key battleground states. See also: AARP calls for presidential debates to address Social Security, Medicare Debate season kicked off this week with nary a reference to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and retirement issues – even as candidates in both parties hammered each other …