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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A nationwide bus tour sponsored by the AARP gave seniors a chance to voice their opinions about Medicare and Social Security.

The"You've Earned a Say" nationwide bus tour sponsored by the AARP gave seniors a chance to voice their opinions about Medicare and Social Security.

The tour bus was parked on the campus of the University of Southerm MaineThursday.

Inside the bus, participants could fill out an interactive surveys which sent their responses directly to their members of congress. They also created videos telling their representatives how they think Social Security and Medicare should be strengthened. Studies by organizations, which says it is non-partisan, found that one third of Mainers over 65 rely on Social Security as it's only source of income.

"Medicare and Social Security are two programs that people have paid into their lives, they are not the causes of the defitics, they want to make sure they have a voice in the future of these programs," said Lauri Parham AARP State Director.

AARP and other organizations are sponsoring aforum featuring five candidates running for the U.S. Senate. The forum begin at 7 o'clock Thursday night at Hannaford Hall on USM's Portland campus.