Older Voters to GOP Candidates: We Count

The message to Republican presidential candidates Tuesday night was loud and clear: Not only do older voters play a huge role in determining the winner in the primaries, but they show up. Turnout among voters 50 and up was dramatically higher than among younger voters in both Alabama and Mississippi, according to exit polls. And Rick Santorum had voters aged 50-64 to thank for his wins in both states, which keep him in a nomination fight against Mitt Romney, the …

For Romney, a Red-Carpet Win

What do Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer and Mitt Romney have in common? More than you might think, this week at least: they all owe key victories to an older electorate. (In case you missed it: 86 percent of voters for the Academy Awards – yes, 86 percent! – are 50 or older. Coincidence, then, that Sunday night’s 2012 Oscars felt, said the New York Times, “like an AARP pep rally?” At his own pep rally Tuesday night outside Detroit, Romney …

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 …

The Takeaway: Senior Support Could Drive Romney Win In Florida; Joe Paterno Dies

The next GOP primary is in Florida, home to a lot of older voters. Some folks say this makes the state an easy win for Mitt Romney, of whom older voters have historically been fond. But as we saw in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich also holds presidential appeal with both the boomer and the 65+ sets.

The Takeaway: GOP Debaters Rip Health Care Law; Sex After Heart Attack Okay

At a <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/01/south_carolina_gop_cnn_debate_.html">second South Carolina debate last night</a>, all of the Republican presidential candidates (a crowd pared down to four"”Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum"”at this point) said that 'Obamacare' can and should be repealed or reversed.

The Takeaway: Gingrich Pushes Private Social Security Accounts In Debate; Rethinking Aspirin

New Gingrich once again touted private Social Security accounts at last night's Republican presidential debate in South Carolina. The televised debate was spirited but lacking in substance.