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Presidential Contenders: Time to Talk Social Security

Social Security provides benefits to one in five Ohioans. (401kcalculator.org/Flickr)
Social Security provides benefits to one in five Ohioans. (401kcalculator.org/Flickr)
March 10, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The presidential election campaign is moving through Ohio, where the state's winner-take-all primary will be held on Tuesday. Some folks say the candidates need to bring the future of Social Security into the spotlight.

AARP's Take a Stand effort is demanding that, on behalf of all voters, presidential candidates should talk about plans to keep Social Security strong for future generations. Luke Russell, associate state director for AARP Ohio, said those who work hard and pay into the program should be assured they get the benefits they deserve.

"The system beginning in 2034 will begin paying out up to $10,000 less per year for each beneficiary, and we believe this is unacceptable," Russell said. "The question we are asking for voters is to make sure candidates are laying out their plans."

According to federal data, Social Security provides benefits to one in five Ohioans, with retirees receiving an average yearly payment of about $14,600.

AARP also is holding candidates accountable for their Social Security plans on its 2016TakeAStand.org website. Russell said voters can review all the plans put forward by the contenders for the White House.

"We're trying to provide a safe area where candidates can discuss what they would do and what they would propose to make Social Security solvent and adequate for future generations," he said. "Obviously, it's going to take the next president of the United States to really make this a priority issue."

Russell said AARP members and volunteers, along with other activists, will continue their push for answers throughout the 2016 election campaign at candidate events around Ohio.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH