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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A group that backs republican policy and bills itself as an alternative to American Association of Retired People is traveling the country saying AARP and democrats have betrayed the nation's seniors.
"60 Plus" has been staging a bus tour since the end of the GOP convention in Florida. Its stop in the Syracuse area allowed officials to endorse republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle, who is locked in a tight re-election battle with former democratic congressman Dan Maffei. The group saying Buerkle kept her promise to resist a national health care program, which they claim will damage senior benefits.
"We have a contract with our seniors, both with Medicare and Social Security, that we must keep them viable. We must make sure we can honor that sacred trust with our seniors," Buerkle said.
Buerkle also picked up the endorsement of the group's national spokesman, singer Pat Boone. Boone, in a written statement, said, "I'm still singing at concerts, but I'm also singing the praises of Ann Marie Buerkle."