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Kentucky Plays Opening Act for Nation’s Only VP Debate

September 17, 2012

DANVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky gets a taste of the national spotlight next month when Centre College and AARP Kentucky co-host a Vice Presidential Festival on the same day the vice presidential candidates square off on the college campus in their only scheduled televised debate.

AARP State Director Ron Bridges says the day-long event will help bring senior issues to the forefront and get students into the mix as well.

"Social Security, Medicare, the entire financial security/health security debate needs to take place - not for just this generation, but for future generations."

The festival begins at noon on Oct. 11 and is free to the public. The Marshall Tucker Band headlines the entertainment, which also includes Kentucky cellist Ben Sollee and other local performers. The event includes a "Debate Watch" party on Centre's festival lawn beginning at 8:30 p.m.

"Debate Watch" co-chair Dr. Clarence Wyatt says Centre College is also hosting policy discussions on campus ahead of the Oct 11 events.

"One of the things we are committed to do all the time is to help our students see how important issues play out - not just in the classroom, but every day in their lives and the lives of their families and friends."

Bridges points to major benefits in using an "inter-generational" approach to issues that AARP embraces.

"AARP members are not simply concerned about their current situation with regard to Social Security and Medicare. We want it to be available for our children and grandchildren."

Details about the debate festival are available at

Tom Joseph, Public News Service - KY