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Candidates Urged to Address Social Security

One group is demanding that presidential candidates make their positions on preserving Social Security known before the March 1 primary election. (AARP Arkansas)
One group is demanding that presidential candidates make their positions on preserving Social Security known before the March 1 primary election. (AARP Arkansas)
February 8, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Presidential candidates will soon be campaigning in Arkansas prior to the March 1 primary election. AARP Arkansas has launched an accountability campaign called Take A Stand, demanding the candidates present their plans on how to update Social Security for future generations.

Charlie Wagener, a lead advocacy volunteer with AARP Arkansas, says action must be taken soon so people can continue to receive the benefits they've earned.

"It's estimated this program will be able to pay full benefits for approximately the next 20 years," says Wagener. "But only 75 percent after that, so some action has to be taken, sooner rather than later."

Wagener says his group is not taking sides, but simply providing information for voters and AARP members to see where candidates stand on the issue.

He says Arkansans should ask questions or hold up signs at candidate events to attract attention to the issue.

"As the presidential candidates visit Arkansas, and we prepare for the primaries, we do have the opportunity to hold them accountable on Social Security," says Wagener. "And to make sure that this is a topic that is really front and center in the presidential election."

AARP also will be placing ads on radio and television, and engaging in social-media posts, to encourage voters to join the effort.

Wagener notes this is not a problem that is going away.

"The longer that we wait, the harder this problem's going to be to solve, and the less time workers will have to prepare for the future," he says.

The candidates' positions on Social Security preservation may be found on the special web site, takeastand.aarp.org.




Jeff Stein, Public News Service - AR