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Debates Surrounding Social Security and Medicare Continue

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Biden speaks at a rally in Tamarac, Fl. Biden speaks at a rally in Tamarac, Fl.

KINGSPORT, Tenn.- Concerns about the future of Social Security and Medicare brought out hundreds of Tennessee seniors to a town hall meeting this week in Kingsport.

"I worked 40 some years and then lost everything. I can't have my Social Security messed with. I can't have my Medicare messed with," said Kingsport resident James Pickering.

The AARP is behind this event as part of their ongoing attempts to hear from people about two important issues in the upcoming presidential election.

Both Social Security and Medicare were big issues on the campaign trail Saturday night, and they are certain to be the focus of next week's presidential debates.

Vice President Joe Biden played to Florida's older voters Saturday, first at a diner, then at a rally. Biden said President Obama wants to make sure Medicare is around for future generations.

"The action the President took has actually strengthened the Medicare trust fund and exceeded its life up to 2024," Biden told the crowd.

Biden argued Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to drastically change the program.

In New Hampshire, the GOP vice presidential nominee hammered the Obama administration for out-of-control borrowing and spending.

"As a result of seeing the most predictable economic crisis in our country's history and not fixing it, our credit rating was downgraded for the first time in our history," Ryan said.

Off the campaign trail, the presidential candidates are prepping for their first debate.

In practice sessions, Romney will get help from Ohio Senator Rob Portman. He'll play the role of the president. President Obama will look to Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to stand in for Romney.

Wednesday's debate at the University of Denver will give both candidates a chance to also explain their plans for health care and the economy.


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