Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post says AARP, the most powerful lobby for senior citizens, is committed to keeping Social Security out of any deficit debate going on in Washington.
Top lobbyist, Nancy LeaMond, said that the group was committed to defending Social Security from those who see it as a way to close the deficit.
“We’ve spent the better part of last year, when the focus was exclusively on the deficit, saying that Social Security should not be part of that discussion and we worked very hard on that and we’re happy at the end of the day that we were able to keep it out of that debate,” she said.
But, she said, there is no getting around the fact that Social Security will continue to arise as a topic of national debate. “Social Security is going to be part of the national conversation. The fact that it was raised over the last year means that people are talking about it,” she said. “As we hear from millions of our members, they want to talk about it.”
LeaMond said that the group’s recently organized national tour called You’ve Earned A Say is a way to give members a chance to let AARP know how they feel about Social Security and Medicare.