Wingate University and AARP host N.C. 8th Congressional District debate

Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University, in partnership with AARP North Carolina, will host a debate between U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell (D) – North Carolina and Richard Hudson (R) Congressional candidate on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the Batte Center on campus. This will be the first debate between the candidates in North Carolina’s 8th Congressional district.

The debate focus will be health care and financial security. Key topics will be issues most important to voters age 50 plus, the nation’s most active voters, and include the candidates’ plans for Social Security, Medicare and financial security.

The debate is free and open to the public. Media interviews with the candidates and sponsors will be available immediately following the debate.
Some of the questions the candidates are expected to address include:
• How would you protect Social Security for today’s seniors and strengthen it for future generations?
• How would you put Medicare on stronger financial ground and protect today’s seniors and future retirees from the burden of rising health costs?
• How would you help Americans build a financial nest egg for their retirement?

The nonpartisan AARP does not support or oppose any political candidates, nor contribute any money to political action committees, campaigns or super PACs. AARP represents nearly 1.1 million adults ages 50 and over in North Carolina.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 6th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves nearly 2,700 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past six years. For more information, go to

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