Older Voters Back Trump in Most Super Tuesday States

Older voters continued to play a decisive role in the 2016 GOP presidential campaign on Super Tuesday, bolstering Donald Trump in states where he had his best showings and siding with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to help him win his home state as well as Oklahoma. Winning seven of the 11 states that cast votes in Republican contests on March 1, Trump got his biggest boost from voters 65 and older and ran well among those 45 to 64, …

Over 120,000 Americans Sign Petitions on Social Security

Taking a stand on Social Security is a true test of presidential leadership. Voters have told us and the presidential candidates they want Social Security to be a top priority for Congress and the next administration. That’s why tomorrow morning AARP volunteers will deliver more than 120,000 petitions signed by Americans to CNN and Fox News urging the networks and other media outlets “to give Social Security the attention it deserves.” AARP’s Take a Stand accountability effort has gotten presidential …

Older Voters Flock to Clinton in South Carolina Primary

Hillary Clinton won an overwhelming 88 percent of voters 65 and older and 77 percent of those 45 to 64 in the Feb. 27 South Carolina Democratic primary. That was far stronger than her victories among older voters in the three earlier Democratic presidential nomination contests in February. Unlike previous showings where her share of the vote dropped significantly among younger age groups, Clinton also drew 75 percent of voters 30 to 44, according to exit polls by the National …

Bird-Dogging for Social Security

At Take a Stand, we call the tactic “bird-dogging.” And I believe it’s a major reason Social Security is going to become a much bigger issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. It works like this: At town halls and other political get-togethers in the early presidential contests, AARP volunteers are pressing each candidate on how they plan to keep Social Security strong for future generations. Our “bird dogs” are asking them to be specific — and reminding them of the …

News Outlets Take Notice of AARP Pushing 2016 Presidential Candidates to Take a Stand

News outlets and early Presidential primary and caucus states have taken notice of AARP’s Take a Stand campaign announced last week.  “We’re asking candidates who are running for the highest office to take a stand for how they will update Social Security,” said Todd Fahey, state director at AARP New Hampshire, in a Public News Service article. As a national organization that fights for the issues that matter, AARP launched the campaign as a push for 2016 presidential candidates to …

Politics and Millennials: Will They Vote?

Come Election Day 2016, the country will elect a new president after an endless round of campaigning and debates. How will our adult children influence the selection of the new POTUS? A quick bit of political history: Millennials were a key factor in the election of Barack Obama. In 2008, Obama won 66 percent of the youth vote and in 2012, 60 percent of those younger than 30. The millennials were critical in helping him win the electoral vote in …