Obama, Biden Define the Democratic Messages on Medicare and Social Security

On Medicare and Social Security, the battle lines for the presidential election are now clearly drawn. Last night, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, in accepting their party’s nominations at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., put in the plainest language yet how they will seek to frame the plans of their Republican opponents, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Biden led off, telling the audience that Romney and Ryan talked “about how they cared so much about …

In Accepting His Party’s Nomination, Mitt Romney Covers Some 50+ Territory, But Just Barely

Republican Mitt Romney routinely edges out President Obama among older voters. Yet in accepting his party’s presidential nomination Thursday night, he made only fleeting references to the health and retirement security issues facing older Americans. Romney pledged to lead a “united America [that] will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.” He did not elaborate. He also pledged to create a future “where no …

Older Voters Tip the Scales on Super Tuesday

The lesson is clear: If you want to win a Republican primary this election season, you’d better make a persuasive case to voters 50 and older – because they’re the ones tipping the scales in favor of the winning candidate. Older voters made the difference again yesterday on Super Tuesday, as Mitt Romney appeared to take a major step forward in his bid for the GOP presidential nomination by winning primaries or caucuses in six states. Rick Santorum won three states, …

A Small Measure of Voter Dissatisfaction

Are older voters as angry as they were in 2010, when they formed the backbone of the Tea Party? Listening to an NPR report from a debate-watching party in Oracle, Ariz., on Feb. 20, you might not think so. At least not at first. Fifteen members of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club  gathered in their retirement community, which, according to the developer’s website, offers “a country club lifestyle that can best be described as breathtaking.” The partiers weren’t really representative of …