AARP's Gray Power!

AARP emerges as the nation's most powerful special-interest lobby

An older woman strides confidently through the local headquarters of the American Association for Retired Persons and looks straight at the television camera. "AARP's 27 million members believe that together, we can make a difference," she says. "We'll make sure you know what the candidates say -- and what they don't say -- about issues." Her tone is sweetly reasonable. But just to make sure those video-dazed viewers in Iowa and New Hampshire sit up and listen, she shakes her spectacles at them and adds, "If you think you've seen it all, you ain't seen nothin' yet."

Blunt and a tad...

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