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PHOTO: If you're worried about the future of Social Security or Medicare when you go to vote in early November, AARP has a guide that may help you make up your mind about who to support. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.
PHOTO: If you're worried about the future of Social Security or Medicare when you go to vote in early November, AARP has a guide that may help you make up your mind about who to support. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.
August 1, 2014

FANCY FARM, Ky. - As this year's costly, pitched battle for the U.S. Senate heads into its stretch run, the state's leading seniors organization for Kentuckians age 50 and older has come out with something to help voters make up their minds.

AARP Kentucky will debut its voters' guide on financial security issues at tomorrow's Fancy Farm Picnic, the annual event that serves as the unofficial kickoff of the fall political campaigns. AARP state director Ron Bridges said you don't have to be retired or a baby boomer to put the guide to use.

"At some point," he said, "the younger individual here in Kentucky is going to be looking to those sort of safety net programs that they have maybe paid into all of their lives."

The incumbent, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and his challenger, Democrat Secretary of State Allison Grimes, both will speak at Fancy Farm.

AARP has researched public statements both candidates have made on three topics: how to protect and strengthen Social Security, how to put Medicare on a stronger financial footing and how to help Americans save so they can live independently as they age.

"We'll only publish public statements that offer prospective solutions to those issues," he said. "We're not going to be publishing something that is a criticism of their opponent's or the opposing party."

Bridges said the guide also will include AARP's principles on each of the financial security issues. The organization posts all of its general election voters' guides, including the closely watched U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, on its web site, aarp.org/yourvote.

Greg Stotelmyer , Public News Service - KY