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Nov 3, 2015
AARP Launches Accountability Effort for Presidential Candidates
Voters Expect Those Running for President to ‘Take a Stand’ on the Future of Social Security

En español 

Washington, DC— Today AARP launched their 2016 election accountability campaign called Take a Stand, which demands on behalf of all voters that Presidential candidates take a stand on their plans to update Social Security. AARP expects every presidential candidate to lay out their plans to make Social Security financially sound so current and future generations can receive the adequate benefits they’ve earned.

“Our members and voters of all ages believe that having a plan to ensure Social Security is strong for future generations is a true test of Presidential leadership,” said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond. “We will work to ensure that voters know which candidates have a real plan for updating Social Security and which don’t.”

The effort, beginning in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, will expand as the election season moves forward. All plans put forward by candidates will be posted on the Take a Stand website,

Additionally, the effort will hold candidates accountable for laying out their Social Security plans as AARP informs voters of all candidate plans through advertising, social media, grassroots outreach and our publications, which reach 22 million households. 

“We intend to demand that candidates discuss their plans in front of the voters through the course of the entire campaign,” added AARP Senior Vice President John Hishta. “When it comes to a Social Security plan, candidates can no longer just pay lip service to voters they’re trying to court.”

Below is one of many advertisements voters may soon see:

So far eleven Democratic and Republican candidates have proposed plans and seven have not yet proposed any specific plans. The nonpartisan AARP does not support or oppose any political candidates, nor contribute any money to political action committees, campaigns or super PACs.


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