Oct 16, 2012 at 7:39 am
ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney face off again tonight, this time answering questions from undecided voters in a town-hall-style debate. One issue that's certain to come up is the future of Social Security and Medicare according Michele Kimball, the director of A-A-R-P Minnesota.
"If you care about the security of your own retirement you are going to be engaged in finding out where the candidates on both sides of the aisle stand and how it relates to your own views on the future of these important programs," Kimball said
But Kimball says discerning what exactly the candidates are proposing can be difficult, especially with all of the spin coming from every direction.
"All the voters are hearing in regard to Medicare and social security are really negative ads, and these ads are done in 30 second sound bites. So before people vote we really feel they need to have the facts," Kimball said.
To help voters get the facts and sort through the various proposals, AARP has set up an online voter guide.
"The next president and congress are going to decide the future of Medicare and social security and voters deserve straight answers about what each candidate would do to put these programs on stable ground for the long term.," Kimball said. "Our online guide provides this information in their own words."
The election is three weeks away. Today also marks the final day you can pre-register to vote in Minnesota. Those who don't get signed up can register at the polls.