Retired people who use the AARP's voting guide will come out none the wiser about Republican Matt Doheny's position on Medicare or Social Security.
"AARP did extensive research but was unable to find any statement on this issue made by the candidate," the association says.
Since he entered the race, Mr. Doheny, who will face Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, on Nov. 6, has declined to talk about what he'd do to save the entitlement programs, which represent a safety net for seniors and also two of the biggest contributors to the nation's fiscal problems.
Mr. Owens has essentially offered a stay-the-course approach to Medicare, saying that President Obama's health-care overhaul could lower costs and save the program. He's against, for example, raising the eligibility age for the program from 65.
The Republican nominee for president, Mitt Romney, picked Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., as his running mate a few weeks ago. The selection thrust Medicare back onto the front burner in down-ballot races.
Alan Chartock interviewed Mr. Doheny on WAMC, and the two discussed Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
"Unfortunately, these programs are headed to the cliff, they're going to go bankrupt," Mr. Doheny said. "My opponent and the president are really only offering scare tactics."
Mr. Chartock pressed Mr. Doheny on specifics, and he responded: "I'm not going to do it on your radio program this morning, Alan. No news here. ... I'm focused like a laser to make sure people my age, when they hit the age of retirement, that it's actually there."