03 September 2008

Obama - McCain & Seniors!

The Alliance for Retired Americans filed this members report following the DNC, last Friday.

At a gathering that stressed unity, highly energized and impassioned delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Denver officially named Sen. Barack Obama their nominee for President of the United States. Ninety of the delegates in attendance were Alliance members.

In his acceptance speech, Sen. Obama slammed Sen. John McCain, saying his rival "doesn't get" the economic struggles and hardships faced by Americans. "How else could he offer a health care plan that would actually tax people's benefits, or an education plan that would do nothing to help families pay for college, or a plan that would privatize Social Security and gamble your retirement?" Sen. Obama asked.

"Retirees are enormously pleased that Sen. Obama has chosen Sen.Joe Biden of Delaware as a running mate," added Alliance President George J. Kourpias. "Sen. Biden's lifetime 95% voting record on behalf of seniors is a wonderful complement to Sen.Obama's own 100% voting record." Mr. Kourpias addressed the Seniors Council at the convention on Wednesday, stressing the importance of retiree issues such as Social Security, Medicare, and prescription drugs during the election year.

"A retiree voting for John McCain is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders," Alliance Executive Vice President and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka told the meeting attendees. Also on Wednesday, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi spoke at the Maryland delegation breakfast, advising delegates who hear of seniors who are undecided to tell them about Sen. McCain's voting record on Social Security and Medicare. While the delegates were meeting in Denver, Colorado Alliance leaders discussed their exciting plans to grow the Colorado Alliance at a Colorado Alliance Executive Board meeting with Mr. Kourpias and national Alliance Executive Director Edward F. Coyle.

And here is one of the ads that was awaiting McCain in Pennsylvania: Keep your mitts off my money!

You just do not want an angry senior on your case!

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