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Tonight’s Debate: “We Need Specifics On Social Security”

AARP is hoping the candidates will give specifics at tonight's debate about their plans regarding Social Security. (Mark Scheerer)
AARP is hoping the candidates will give specifics at tonight's debate about their plans regarding Social Security. (Mark Scheerer)
October 19, 2016

MADISON, Wis. - So far, the presidential debates have provided jabs and accusations but haven't held a lot of substance on many issues important to average Americans. Lisa Lamkins, fideral issues director for AARP Wisconsin, says Social Security is of critical importance, and Americans are waiting to hear the candidates' plans to preserve and protect its future.

About 170 million Americans rely on this program, and here in the Badger State, the future of Social Security is of paramount importance, Lamkins said.

"We've got 3 million Wisconsinites who are currently working and paying into Social Security," she said, "and those folks and the 1 million Wisconsinites who are currently getting benefits are depending on Social Security to be there for them."

A lot of the state's residents rely on Social Security as the principal source of funds in their retirement, because personal savings often aren't enough, and not everyone has a pension plan.

Tonight's final presidential debate is to begin at 8 p.m. Central time from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and will be carried by many TV and radio stations.

Millions of working people in Wisconsin and their families deserve to know that Social Security will remain strong, Lamkins said. It's a topic that should be discussed tonight by both Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton," she said.

"It's such a shame that Social Security has been ignored in the debates so far," Lamkins said. "It really is a disservice to voters, and frankly I say, 'Shame on the moderators' for not asking about Social Security."

Given the importance of Social Security to so many working American families, Lamkins said AARP wants to hear more from the candidates than a few general statements about how the program is important and should be preserved.

"We need to hear specifics on the candidates' plans for Social Security, what they mean to families, how much it costs, and how they're going to make it happen," she said.

Lamkins said people can learn more about and get involved in the discussion about Social Security at AARP's website devoted to the elections, 2016TakeAStand.org.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI