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Previewing tomorrow's AARP town hall

From NBC's Ali Weinberg
President Obama will participate in a "tele-town hall" meeting on health care tomorrow afternoon at the AARP in Washington. Questions will come from AARP members via phone, e-mail and a live audience of 40 members and volunteers. The event is scheduled from 1:30 to 2:45 pm ET.

AARP CEO Barry Rand and President Jenny Chin Hansen will also participate in the town hall. Mike Cuthbert, host of AARP "Prime Time Radio" will moderate the event.

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Per AARP spokesman Drew Nannis, the phone-in portion of questioning will function "kind of like a radio talk show." The AARP will contact "hundreds of thousands" of members around the country with a robocall 10 minutes before the event. If the listeners have a question, they can push a number and get connected to operators who put them in a queue for questioning. 

While the operators won't be screening the questions, they will ask for the nature of the questions, so, for instance, the president doesn't get 10 questions in a row on drug prices. The AARP will also be soliciting questions from the Web and the studio audience will also have the chance to participate.

Nannis said the AARP has conducted eight previous tele-town halls, each of which attracted 60,000 to 70,000 callers -- and that was without the president.