AARP RESPONDS TO POLITICAL CAMPAIGN AD: “THE CANDIDATES OWE VOTERS STRAIGHT TALK – NOT JUST 30-SECOND ADS.”
A new ad campaign is using quotes from the AARP… and AARP is distancing itself from those ads.. AARP Senior Vice President John Hishta says “The next president and Congress will decide the future of Medicare, and the candidates owe voters straight talk – not just 30-second ads – about what their plans will mean for today’s seniors and future retirees.”
“We were not aware of nor have any involvement with this campaign ad. AARP is a nonpartisan organization and we do not endorse political candidates. For the last 26 years, we’ve been providing voters with balanced information, without all the political jargon and spin, so they can make their own decisions on Election Day.
“Earlier this year, we launched You’ve Earned a Say, a national conversation on the future of Social Security and Medicare, to engage people in communities across the country so they have the pros and cons of proposals currently on the table inWashingtonand on the campaign trail.
“Our voters’ guide, which will be available on August 24 on earnedsay.org, will enable voters to not only find out where the candidates stand on the future of Medicare and Social Security, but to tell candidates what they think.
“We urge all presidential and congressional candidates to talk with voters about the future of Medicare and Social Security at the upcoming conventions, debates and other forums.
“We encourage our members and all Americans to ask questions so they understand where the candidates stand on these important issues and can choose the candidates that best reflect their views and values.”
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.