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AARP to Host Discussion and Debate Watch Event
Date:4/15/2008

With The Pennsylvania Primary Less Than One Week Away, AARP Members Gather On Wednesday Evening To Watch Presidential Candidates As They Debate In Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA, April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With a heated showdown under way for the Pennsylvania primary vote, the nation will be watching Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton, as they contend for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination during a debate Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The two presidential candidates are expected to address issues facing older Americans such as affordable health care and financial security.

On Wednesday, April 16th at 7:00 pm Philadelphia AARP members will join other voters for an event held at WHYY, designed to educate voters about key issues facing the 50+ age group in the upcoming elections. The AARP debate watch event is expected to draw over 200 local voters and provide an opportunity for voters to share personal stories and exchange ideas on identifying reasonable solutions to our nation's most challenging problems: affordable healthcare and financial security. "These presidential debates are pivotal events that can shape the course of the election, and our voting members will be able to discuss, first-hand, the issues that have been affecting their lives and their communities," says Dick Chevrefils, AARP Pennsylvania State Director. "This is the final debate before the Pennsylvania primary and AARP is working hard to make sure that 50+ voters make informed choices on April 22nd."

Thousands of Pennsylvanians struggle every day with the rising cost of health care and saving for retirement. AARP has launched Divided We Fail to raise the voices of millions of Americans who believe that health care and lifetime financial security are the most pressing domestic issues facing our nation. "Our families want peace of mind and want to know they won't outlive their savings or have a health emergency cause financial ruin," says Estella Hyde, AARP Pennsylvania State President. "Our members across the state realize the growing importance of the older population as voters, and we aim to educate and inform voters," adds Hyde.

Divided We Fail, launched nationally in January 2007, has worked to engage the American people, elected officials and the business community to find broad-based, bi-partisan solutions to the most compelling domestic issues facing the nation: health care and the long-term financial security of Americans. The national effort encompasses traditional grassroots and legislative work, speaking engagements, media events, private meetings with legislative leaders and opinion leaders, advertising in national outlets and in the primary states, and online activities which engage the public, business and elected officials in the debate, encouraging public leaders to offer solutions.

In the near future, members and representatives of Divided We Fail will ramp up outreach to Congressional leaders, opinion leaders, and the American public, including appearances for top level speeches at economic clubs nationwide; as well as continued - and increased - activity in key battleground states.

More information about Divided We Fail efforts can be found at http://www.dividedwefail.org.

AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, http://www.AARP.org. 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. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

CONTACT: Angela Foreshaw, AARP Communications Director, +1-215-519-4648, aforeshaw@aarp.org


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