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.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
"President Obama is counting on us to make sure we continue to move forward together.
"Students who can’t afford to go to college unless we keep making college affordability a top priority are counting on us.
"Seniors who can’t afford to buy their life-saving prescription medications without Obamacare are counting on us.
"Middle-class families who are working hard every day to put a roof over their families’ heads and put food on the table are counting on us.
"Remember: It was the hard work, the incredible passion and the amazing energy of Americans like you that helped put President Obama over the top in 2008.
"Now we need you to channel that momentum and give everything you've got to doing it again on November 6."