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Call for Presidential Candidates to "Take a Stand" on Social Security

AARP is launching a new website that will detail where the presidential contenders stand on updating Social Security. Credit: DSw4/Wikipedia Commons.
AARP is launching a new website that will detail where the presidential contenders stand on updating Social Security. Credit: DSw4/Wikipedia Commons.
November 3, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. – Social Security has received little attention so far in the national debates, but as voters size up the presidential candidates, advocates in this first-in-the-nation primary state say the topic needs much more focus.

Todd Fahey, state director with AARP New Hampshire, says the concern over Social Security concern crosses party lines. Social Security needs to be updated to remain solvent over the next 75 years, says Fahey, and candidates need to come up with specific plans.

"We're asking candidates who are running for the highest office to take a stand for how they will update Social Security," he says. "Make it strong for those in retirement, those nearing it and for future generations."

Fahey says candidates on both sides of the aisle have been vague about their plans for Social Security, but a new AARP website will detail the specifics of how each candidate has – or has not – taken a stand on funding Social Security.

According to Fahey, the issue cuts across economic sectors and nearly every age group in New Hampshire.

"Pensions are becoming a thing of the past," he says. "In New Hampshire, as recently as 2014, the program lifted 68,000 people out of poverty. It is the bedrock of financial security for most people in America, and in New Hampshire as well."

This week, the new Take A Stand website will focus on New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina. Fahey says AARP will track candidates' specific plans for Social Security and how to keep the program on sound financial footing.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH