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Where Do the Candidates Stand on Social Security?

Social Security

In a state whose first-in-the-nation primaries give momentum to the winners, AARP is asking presidential candidates how they would update Social Security to guarantee benefits for generations to come.

AARP is seeking detailed plans from candidates of both parties as they crisscross New Hampshire, Iowa and other states with early primaries and caucuses.

“With the nation’s eyes and ears focused on campaigns here, we hope to spark a robust debate about how the candidates can make the program financially sound for future beneficiaries,” said Todd Fahey, AARP state director.

About 22 percent of Granite Staters age 65-plus rely on Social Security for nearly all of their income. The average monthly benefit for New Hampshire retirees is $1,394.

AARP urges members to talk with candidates and ask about their plans to update the program. To find out how you can get involved, email

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