New Guide to GOP Presidential Candidates’ Positions on Social Security Unveiled

 (Washington, DC) – Today, Social Security Works unveiled a new guide which reveals that the top six Republican Presidential candidates agree: If they had their way, they would cut or do away with Social Security, America’s most successful insurance program.

The guide shows that when these Republican Presidential candidates say we need to “save” Social Security, what they really mean is we need to end Social Security:

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“Iowa caucus-goers should know that the Republican candidates are out of touch on the issue of Social Security,” said Nancy Altman, co-director of Social Security Works. “Tea Partiers, mainstream Republicans, Democrats, and Independents all overwhelmingly support Social Security, oppose benefit cuts, including opposing raising the retirement age, and oppose trading the program’s guaranteed retirement income for the gamble of the Wall Street ‘casino.’ In contrast, as the guide reveals, the Republican candidates favor raising the retirement age and partially privatizing the program. They outrageously defame Social Security by calling this trust, which holds workers’ hard earned contributions, a Ponzi scheme, a fraud, or even, unconstitutional, notwithstanding that its constitutionality was upheld three-quarters of a century ago.”

“The Republican candidates – all six of the front-runners – could not be more out of step with the American people! Americans -- Democrats, Independents, and, yes, Republicans -- overwhelmingly support Social Security and oppose the kinds of radical cuts and changes the Republican candidates favor. They can’t afford to have their benefits cut and they do not want Wall Street bankers and other campaign contributors to steal their and their children’s Social Security,” said Eric Kingson, co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security Campaign.

Social Security provides benefits to nearly 600,000 Iowans, including more than 70,000 Iowa workers with disabilities. With less than three weeks to go before the Iowa Caucuses, Social Security has a lot at stake based on who is voted to be the Republican nominee. The brief guide below includes such horrible gems as “fraud” and “privatization” language from Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, and Rick Santorum.


View the full text of the petition here