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Presidential Debate Take Two - Town Hall Style Tonight

PHOTO: Voters across the nation go to the polls three weeks from today.
PHOTO: Voters across the nation go to the polls three weeks from today.
October 16, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. - President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney face off again tonight, this time answering questions from undecided voters in a town-hall-style debate at Hofstra University in New York.

One issue that's certain to come up is the future of Social Security and Medicare, says Michele Kimball, the director of AARP in Minnesota.

"If you care about the security of your own retirement, you are going to be engaged on finding out where the candidates on both sides of the aisle stand and how it relates to your own views on the future of these important programs."

But Kimball says discerning what exactly the candidates are proposing can be difficult, especially with all of the spin coming from every direction.

"All the voters are hearing about in regards to Medicare and Social Security are really negative ads, and these ads are done in 30-second soundbites. So before people vote, we really feel strongly that they need to have the facts."

To help voters get the facts and sort through the various proposals, AARP has set up an online voter guide.

"The next president and Congress are going to decide the future of Medicare and Social Security, and voters deserve straight answers about what each candidate would do to put these programs on stable ground for the long term. Our online guide provides this information in their own words."

The election is three weeks away. Today also marks the final day citizens can preregister to vote in Minnesota. Those who don't get signed up can register at the polls.

You can find the online guide at vote.aarp.org.



John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN