Obama and Romney fight for the senior vote

An estimated 50 million people tuned in last night to watch U.S. president Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney live in Denver, Colorado for their first presidential debate of the 2012 election year.

The two men, locked in a close race for next month’s vote, discussed issues ranging from the economy to environmental initiatives to Medicare and Social Security.

But one comment by Obama about AARP’s support of his healthcare plan has the organization clarifying that they do not endorse any candidate, according to an article in the Daily Mail newspaper.

At the debate, Obama said: “AARP thinks that the savings that we obtained from Medicare bolster the system, lengthen the Medicare trust fund by eight years.”

But today, the powerful lobbying organization distanced itself from both Obama and Romney.

“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’s senior vice-president John Hishta said in a statement released to media outlets.

If you’re a senior or Baby Boomer and looking for Medicare in Colorado, where the debate took place, or anywhere else in the United States, now is the time to do your homework and decide which candidate – if either – is your choice.