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Candidate Who Motivates Seniors Will Win S.C. Primary — André Bauer

January 9, 2008

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For Immediate Release


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Candidate Who Motivates Seniors Will Win S.C. Primary — André Bauer

(Columbia, S.C.) With 80 percent of the senior vote undecided, Lieutenant Governor Andre’ Bauer says next week’s South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary is far from settled.

“The candidate that motivates the senior community will win,” says Bauer.

He notes that candidates seeking support in the upcoming South Carolina presidential primaries are ignoring the issues of senior voters who historically account for one third of likely voters.

The latest AARP-SC poll shows that most seniors have not made up their minds about next week’s January 19 Republican presidential primary, which is expected to draw more than 500,000 voters.

Lieutenant Governor Bauer says the 80 percent undecided rate translates into almost 360,000 of the state’s almost 450,000 voters 65 and older. Historically, this group makes up about one-third of primary voters.

The State Election Commission reports that people 65 and older account for 20 percent of registered voters, but they represented 33.9 percent of Republican votes in the 2006 statewide primary. “In simple terms, seniors get out and vote,” says Bauer.

Securing the vote of South Carolina’s seniors could turn the tide for candidates in both presidential primaries. According to Bauer, the first candidate to step forward with leadership on senior issues like transportation, Alzheimer’s, and caregivers could gain an advantage in the pivotal South Carolina primaries.

“Right now undecided senior voters are waiting for a candidate to make a play for them. It’s more than just politics to them, they want to see leadership on the issues that impact their lives,” Bauer said.

Governor Mike Huckabee, the current front runner in recent polls, could secure a definitive victory with the senior vote, but as with the others in the race he has yet to take definitive positions. “Stepping up on these issues could also mean a breakout and a breakaway for Mayor Giuliani, Senator Thompson, Senator McCain, and Governor Romney,” Bauer said.

Bauer, the country’s youngest lieutenant governor and head of South Carolina’s Office on Aging, gave a major address to the South Carolina Silver Haired Legislature in September, where he first challenged the presidential candidates to address senior issues.

The speech can be viewed at



6 Comments leave one →
  1. Anne permalink
    January 9, 2008 7:56 pm

    The Lt. Governor is absolutely correct! Senior issues are increasingly important in SC. I appreciate his focus on these issues, and hope that one of the candidates will speak to these issues very soon. They could take a lesson from Andre’s focus.

  2. Paul Cirillo permalink
    January 9, 2008 8:31 pm

    Our seniors are very vulnerable right now. They are getting old and needing benefits at a time when we younger folks are getting increasingly unable to provide them. That means that fiscal liberals like McCain and Giuliani will have a better chance at getting the nomination, but conservatives like Ron Paul will not. Sure, we need to “address issues important to seniors”, but typically that translates into buying votes by promising government benefits. Traditionally, that’s not what America is all about.

  3. Darrell Wallace permalink
    January 9, 2008 9:56 pm

    At age 71, I refuse to vote for the (“vote for me and I’ll do wonders and eat rotten cucumbers)crowd. I shall by the grace of Almighty God (who keeps His promises) vote my convictions even if my candidate (Ron Paul) is not on the ballot. Waste my vote? no! I can lie down on my bed at night knowing that most people will vote for the lesser of two evils. And when they vote for the elite and if they win, it will be business as usual and they can read my bumper sticker,”DON’T BLAME ME, I VOTED FOR RON PAUL”

  4. Watson permalink
    January 9, 2008 9:58 pm

    Andre has it correct. Address the senior issues NOW and it will cost a lot less later.

    Andre is not asking for money…he is asking for attention to these issues. Many solutions are free…they just take an awareness of the problem.

    Keep up the good work…

  5. Reid permalink
    January 10, 2008 1:06 am

    Paul Cirillo, you are the first person to EVER label Giuliani and McCain as fiscal liberals.


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