Jul 23, 2019
AARP Releases Video Series, “AARP Asks the Candidates”
Seventeen Candidates Share Plans to Address High Prescription Drug Prices, Medicare and Social Security

En español | WASHINGTON—AARP released today its "AARP Asks the Candidates" video series featuring 17 presidential candidates and their plans to address high prescription drug prices, Medicare and Social Security. The video series is available at AARP.org/election2020 and builds on AARP’s efforts to provide information to older voters on where candidates stand on the issues important to them and their families.

As part of this series, President Donald Trump has been invited to share his views with AARP members.

“Any candidate who hopes to win must address the concerns of older voters. This series helps inform AARP members and the public on where candidates stand on the issues, including their plans to stop drug companies from price gouging older Americans and all taxpayers,” said John Hishta, AARP Senior Vice President of Campaigns. “Older Americans are watching and they vote in significant numbers.”

Each candidate was asked the following questions: 

  • How would you update and strengthen Medicare and Social Security to keep them strong for current and future generations?
  • If you’re elected president, what’s the first thing you will do to lower drug prices?
  • How would you hold drug companies accountable for high drug prices?
  • What’s your vision to help Americans live independently in their communities as they age?

The videos are also available in Spanish subtitles and can be found here. 

Recorded during the AARP and The Des Moines Register Iowa Presidential Candidate Forums last week, the series includes Sen. Michael Bennet, Vice President  Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Gov. Steve Bullock, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Secretary Julián Castro, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Kamala Harris, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang.

AARP has a proud 33-year history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues important to older voters and their families, so they can make their own decisions on Election Day. In addition to its work in Iowa, AARP will conduct a full-scale voter engagement campaign that includes polling, advertising, events, content, video voters’ guides, and more.

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About AARP
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.