Statement on Senator Marco Rubio’s Presidential announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, April 13, 2015

Statement on Senator Marco Rubio’s Presidential announcement

(Washington, DC) —   The following are statements from the founding co-directors of Social Security Works and the co-chairs of the Strengthen Social Security Campaign:

“If Senator Marco Rubio had his way, Social Security’s very modest benefits, averaging just $1,330 a month for retired workers, would be cut. As a presidential contender, he will not be able to hide from his embrace of cuts to cost of living adjustments for today’s old (and tomorrow’s) and cuts to middle aged and young working Americans by raising their retirement age,” said Eric Kingson,  co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition.”

“Senator Rubio is against expanding Social Security’s modest benefits, and, indeed, for cutting them, as he so recently made clear in his votes at the end of March. His position is totally out of step, not only with the average voter, but with his own Republican base which overwhelmingly opposes cuts and favors expansion,” said Nancy Altman, co-director of Social Security Works.  “The American people realize that expanding, not cutting Social Security is the right policy in light of our looming retirement income crisis. They will not be fooled by the false sense of moderation coming from Mr. Rubio.  They will see that on the issue of Social Security, as with so many issues, he is an extremist, out-of-touch with the American people.”

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Social Security Works is the lead group in the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, a coalition comprised of more than 320 national and state organizations representing more than 50 million Americans from many of the nation’s leading aging, labor, disability, women’s, children, consumer, civil rights and equality organizations.