Seventy-nine years after its creation, Social Security remains a vital key to Americans' retirement security. And with the 2014 elections less than three months away, strengthening the program is a top priority for older voters, according to a new AARP survey of voters 50 and older. The message to candidates is clear: Stop treating Social Security like a line item in a budget.
Democrats are buoyed by an emotional special-election win in Arizona's Republican-leaning 8th Congressional District, where a former aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords earned a trip to Washington to succeed the congresswoman who was shot in the head while meeting with constituents in 2011.
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