Obama Lies, AARP Replies
No, AARP has not endorsed Obama.
The AARP ripped President Barack Obama for using the organization’s name to support himself politically during Wednesday evening’s presidential debate.
“While we respect the rights of each campaign to make its case to voters, AARP has never consented to the use of its name by any candidate or political campaign,” AARP vice president John Hishta said in a statement immediately after the debate. “AARP is a nonpartisan organization, and we do not endorse political candidates nor coordinate with any candidate or political party.”
The president mentioned AARP to support his attack on Romney’s Medicare plan.
“And then, what you’ve got is folks like my grandmother at the mercy of the private system precisely at the time when they are most in need of decent health care,” Obama said. “So, I don’t think vouchers are the right way to go. And this is not my own – only my opinion. AARP thinks that the – the savings that we obtained from Medicare bolster the system, lengthen the Medicare trust fund by eight years. Benefits were not affected at all. “