WHO-TV's Dave Price Moderates One-on-One Conversations with the Candidates on the Economic and Health Issues
Nov. 11, 2011- Des Moines, Iowa - AARP and Mediacom today announce broadcast of the AARP 2012 GOP Presidential candidates Video Voters' Guide featuring Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Congressman Ron Paul and Governor Rick Perry in one-on-one, unedited conversations with WHO-TV13 political reporter Dave Price on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. on MC22. The program will be rebroadcast on MC22 at 2 pm on Monday, Nov. 14, and will be available at www.aarp.org/YouEarnedIt and on Mediacom On Demand regularly until the Iowa Caucuses on Jan. 3.
"AARP is pleased to bring a focus on these issues critical to Iowa caucus goers," said AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern. "We appreciate the candidates' attention to ensuring that concerns of older Iowans around the economy and jobs, retirement security, Medicare and Social Security are addressed during this Presidential campaign season."
"We're proud to use our Mediacom network to provide information that is timely and relevant, particularly as Iowans evaluate candidates and issues that affect policies in our state and nation," said Mediacom Senior Vice President Ed Pardini. "The caucuses give Iowans a unique role, and voters who want to be better informed can watch these interviews to gain a valuable perspective."
Participating candidates met a 5 percent or higher polling threshold as of the invitation date. Candidates Governor Mitt Romney and former CEO Herman Cain were invited but declined to participate.
The interviews lead off with on the top issue on the minds of Republican caucus and primary voters - jobs and the economy. Each candidate addresses what will they do to put Americans back to work; how they will make retirement more secure; what they will do to ensure that the Social Security and Medicare benefits Americans have earned remain strong, and finally, if elected President, what will be their top priority?
The live-to-tape candidate conversations were recorded at Mediacom studios in Des Moines on Friday, Nov. 4. In addition to weekly telecasts on MC22, digital cable users can tune-in and view the Video Voters' Guide at any time using Mediacom's OnDemand content. The free program can be found at Channel 1 (OnDemand) in the "My Government" section. Viewers can fast-forward, rewind or pause to focus attention on specific candidates or the topics each addresses during his or her segment.
For more than 25 years, AARP has been engaged in non-partisan voter education activities. AARP does not have a political action committee and does not endorse candidates or contribute to their campaigns. AARP's voter education activities are designed to encourage members and the general public to exercise their constitutional right to vote and to highlight the issues that affect Americans age 50+ and their families with the Presidential candidates and their campaigns.
For more information on AARP voter education activities and to view AARP's 2012 GOP Presidential candidates Video Voters' Guide 24-7, visit www.aarp.org/youearnedit.
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