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  •  It's a crazy question (8+ / 0-)

    According to CNN -

    65+ voted for Romney 56-44.  Those still aren't stellar numbers, but as Gooserock pointed out above, there was one point in the campaign when those numbers looked MUCH better for Obama, then the Republicans started spreading the idea that it was the Dems who wanted to cut Medicare.  The Dems did very little to refute that, and the numbers took a nosedive.

    It's almost as if they don't understand how important Medicare and SS are to the voters, especially the older ones.

    As to your question -

    And we are concerned about them why?
    First, because we're progressives.  We don't want to see ANY elderly people eating cat food.

    Second, because 44% of them don't support Republicans.  (and in the next age group, 45-64, it's 47%)  In very very rough numbers, you're talking about 20 million people over 65 who did not vote for Romney.

    Third, and most important, because this is not about the SENIOR POPULATION!  This is about all of us, or are you expecting to somehow avoid falling into this age group someday?

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