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Voter Guide Weeds Out Candidate Fact From Fiction

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 By Dick Layman/Steve Powers, Contact
October 27, 2008

Des Moines, IA – With just over a week to go until election day -- and even with millions of dollars spent on campaign advertising -- many voters may still have a hard time figuring out where the candidates for President, Congress and even their state legislature stand on the issues.

AARP now has an easy-to-use voter guide that helps cut through all the noise and negative ads. Bruce Koeppel with AARP Iowa says the guide is easy to find on their website, and it has candidate responses on key issues.

"The voter guide provides an answer from each of the candidates on those issues and it's in their own words -- we don't edit it, we don't mess with it all. It's what they have to say directly."

Koeppel says the guide covers issues such as long-term care, housing, livable communities and health care access, affordability and quality.

"It's a way to take a look at candidates for Congress and what they have to say about Social Security, retirement savings and making health care more affordable."

Koeppel says the guide also covers the state legislature. He says one local concern is Iowans' right to take legal action against consumer fraud.

The AARP 2008 Voter Guide is available at

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