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  • Seniors in The Villages phone bank for Barack

    Former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver stopped by a standing-room-only senior-to-senior phone bank in The Villages, Florida, this morning on the Gotta Vote bus tour. Florida is one of the key battleground states in this election, and the race remains close—but seniors here know who's fighting for them, and it's not the guy who's planning to end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher program.

    Former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver stopped by a standing-room-only senior-to-senior phone bank in The Villages, Florida, this morning on the Gotta Vote bus tour. Florida is one of the key battleground states in this election, and the race remains close—but seniors here know who's fighting for them, and it's not the guy who's planning to end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher program.

    "I don't know how a senior citizen in the state of Florida could vote for [Mitt Romney]," said Culver. "I just don't know how. He's telling you right now, along with his running mate, that they're going to turn Medicare into a voucher system. That voucher system could come up at least $6,000–$7,000 short. Do you all have an extra $6,000–7,000 lying around each year for the next five, 10, 20 years? This is an issue I care about, you care about, my mother cares about, my father cares about. This guy is wrong, and Florida, you can' t let him win."

    Seniors aren't just fighting for Medicare. They're fighting for a president who's not going to write them off as dependent victims.

    "I would be ashamed if I were Romney," says Nancy, who participated in today's senior-to-senior phone bank. "The rest of us struggle all the time. I'm in one of the groups he calls the 47 percent. If we didn't have Social Security and Medicare, we would be bankrupt. My husband and I would be bankrupt. That's just how simple it is.

    "He doesn't have a clue about what people go through to pay the bills and save a little bit."

    Don't let Romney win.

    Commit to vote

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    Looks like Mitt Romney missed the episode of Sesame Street that taught you about telling the truth.

    Looks like Mitt Romney missed the episode of Sesame Street that taught you about telling the truth.

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  • Voucher Care isn’t welcome in Iowa

    Today is momentous for Caroline: It's her first day as a Medicare beneficiary. So when Paul Ryan comes to her hometown of Dubuque today, Caroline's going to be doing a little campaigning of her own—because the future of Medicare is at stake in this election.

    Today is momentous for Caroline: It's her first day as a Medicare beneficiary. So when Paul Ryan comes to her hometown of Dubuque today, Caroline's going to be doing a little campaigning of her own—because the future of Medicare is at stake in this election.

    If elected, Romney and Ryan would turn Medicare into a voucher program that would put seniors at the mercy of insurance companies and could even raise their health care costs by $6,400 a year on average. That doesn't sit well with Caroline, who says, "It's obscene to consider vouchers as an option for people who have worked their whole life to be part of the system."

    So as a neighborhood team leader at OFA Iowa, Caroline's urging people—young and old—to get out and vote, and since they're in Iowa, vote early. Because even if a voter thinks he's too young to care about Medicare, she wants them to realize that "one medical diagnosis, one job loss, one catastrophic thing could change everything. Everything is at stake." That's true for Caroline: Her son has a pre-existing condition, and this election comes down to choosing a President who believes in good, affordable health care for all Americans—not emergency rooms. Another son is in the military, so this election comes down to re-electing a commander-in-chief who's fighting for Caroline's son as hard as he is fighting for his country.

    That's why she's going to work as hard as she can for the next 36 days—because "this isn't about Barack Obama. This is about a generation."

    Gotta Vote

  • Boo.

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system and repeal Obamacare. Boo.

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system and repeal Obamacare. Boo.

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