WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP is pleased to announce its support of the 2016 presidential debates, part of the organization's Take a Stand campaign that is urging the candidates to commit to taking real action to strengthen Social Security for future generations.
"On behalf of our 38 million members, we're pleased to support the Commission on Presidential Debates' efforts to help voters find out where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to them and their families," said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond. "We're committed to doing everything we can to ensure our members get the information they need to choose a candidate that supports their views and values."
For the 2016 election cycle, AARP is focusing on updating Social Security for future generations. The AARP Take A Stand initiative is urging the candidates for president to lead on Social Security and give voters real answers about how they'll keep the program strong now and into the future. We're engaging thousands of volunteers across the nation and holding the candidates accountable through social media, advertising and outreach to national and local newspapers, television and radio stations.
"If our nation's leaders don't act, future retirees could lose nearly 25% of their promised benefits, which could mean up to $10,000 a year," said LeaMond. "That's why we're urging all of the debate moderators to press the candidates for details about their plans and how it will affect their families."
AARP is collaborating with all the debate host sites on a number of policy and community engagement activities to support our campaign's effort to urge the presidential candidates to give voters real answers on how they'll keep Social Security for future generations.
AARP has a proud 30-year history of non-partisan voter engagement. AARP does not endorse candidates, contribute money to campaigns, or have a Political Action Committee. Rather, it urges candidates to tell voters about their positions on issues that matter to Americans age 50-plus and their families, and AARP informs its members and the general public about the candidates' positions. The organization encourages its members and the voting public to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into "Real Possibilities" by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security, and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine, and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @aarp on Twitter.
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