Feb 19, 2016
AARP Statement on Take A Stand

Washington, DC— AARP Senior Vice President John Hishta today released a statement reiterating AARP’s nonpartisan stance during this election season:

“In late 2015 AARP launched Take a Stand, a national accountability campaign to push Presidential candidates to take a stand on how they would update Social Security for future generations.

“We are pleased that most of the candidates responded to our efforts, however, this morning, Governor Bush said in an MSNBC interview that we are supportive of his Social Security plan.  While we congratulate him for taking a stand on this important issue, it is inaccurate to say that AARP supports his or any particular candidate or their plans.

“AARP does not and will not endorse any candidate’s plan to update Social Security during this election because voters deserve an open debate between the candidates about Social Security’s future.  AARP has a proud nonpartisan history, and we don’t endorse candidates or give money to campaigns.”


About AARP 
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; AARP Online ; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at AARP Online. 

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