In the heat of the 2012 presidential election campaign, both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have been courting the senior vote. And among the top concerns for older Americans have been Medicare and Social Security, both of which are of vital importance to millions of seniors.
But as reported recently by the Associated Press (AP), there are other issues of concern to seniors, and those issues have the potential to tip the election to either candidate.
According to AP, one of the issues taking center stage among seniors is the state of the American economy. A senior may long be retired from the world of careers, but if their adult children are having difficulty finding well-paid work – or work at all – some of the financial responsibilities may fall on their older parents.
“Suddenly you think, 'What's going to happen and how is this going to affect my grandchildren's future?,” 66 year-old self-described Obama supporter Barbara Kelleher of Loveland, Colorado, told the news outlet, echoing the view of many in her generation.
On the other side of the political spectrum, many seniors who grew up around World War Two are turning to Republican candidate Mitt Romney, hoping that he will maintain the United States’ superpower status.
So what do you think? Who should seniors vote for this election year?