State of Kentucky Archives: on Social Security


Alison Grimes: Keep our promises to our nation's seniors

I am running to protect and strengthen Medicare and Social Security. I believe in keeping our promises to our nation's seniors while preserving these programs for our children and grandchildren. But rather than pushing for privatization, vouchers, or simply shifting costs to seniors, we should be looking for ways to spend smarter. We should focus on reducing waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare system, improve coordination of care between doctors, hospitals and patients, and allow Medicare to better negotiate prescription drug prices

Instead of strengthening and preserving these critical programs, Mitch McConnell plans to end Medicare as we know it. Thousands of seniors would be forced back into the prescription drug "donut hole," costing them approximately $13,000 more by 2022 than under current law. I believe we've got to balance the budget, but we've got to do it the right way, and that means protecting the benefits and programs seniors have paid into over a lifetime of hard work.

Source: Secretary of State campaign website, alisonforkentucky.com Dec 31, 2012

Jack Conway: Pledges to not scale back program nor raise retirement age

Conway is the public face of a new push led by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee that is targeting GOP candidates who support privatizing or cutting Social Security. "Rand Paul, the Tea Party leader running against me for Senate in Kentucky, thinks Social Security is unconstitutional," Conway says in a letter to supporters of the progressive group. Joining Conway are some 200 other Democratic House and Senate candidates who have signed on to a pledge rejecting any effort to privatize or scal back Social Security benefits or raise the retirement age.

In an interview with ABC News, Conway said that Social Security represented an "area of stark contrast in the race." During the course of the campaign, Paul has suggested raising the retirement age and Conway has alleged his opponent believes Social Security is unconstitutional.

It's a claim that Paul denied as recently as Sunday night: "I've never challenged it and I do not challenge the constitutionality of it," Paul said at a debate.

Source: ABC News coverage of 2010 Kentucky Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

Rand Paul: I've never challenged constitutionality of Social Security

Conway is the public face of a new push led by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee that is targeting GOP candidates who support privatizing or cutting Social Security. "Rand Paul, the Tea Party leader running against me for Senate in Kentucky, thinks Social Security is unconstitutional," Conway says in a letter to supporters of the progressive group. Joining Conway are some 200 other Democratic House and Senate candidates who have signed on to a pledge rejecting any effort to privatize or scal back Social Security benefits or raise the retirement age.

In an interview with ABC News, Conway said that Social Security represented an "area of stark contrast in the race." During the course of the campaign, Paul has suggested raising the retirement age and Conway has alleged his opponent believes Social Security is unconstitutional.

It's a claim that Paul denied as recently as Sunday night: "I've never challenged it and I do not challenge the constitutionality of it," Paul said at a debate.

Source: ABC News coverage of 2010 Kentucky Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

Rand Paul: Raise the retirement age for people under age 55

Q: If you want to get serious about the national debt, you have to do something about entitlements. Tell me of a single benefit you would reduce?

PAUL: Well, you don't do anything to people who are currently receiving Medicare or Social Security. But we do have to admit that we have the baby boom generation getting ready to retire. There will have to be changes for the younger generation.

Q: So you would raise the retirement age?

PAUL: For younger people, yes.

Q: So higher deductibles or higher premiums, for people 55 or younger?

PAUL: Yes. You're going to have to have eligibility changes for the younger people. And I think all younger people, if they're honest and will admit to it and have an adult discussion and not demagogue the issue, will admit that younger people will have to have different rules.

Source: Fox News Sunday, 2010 Kentucky Senate debate Oct 3, 2010

  • The above quotations are from Commonwealth of Kentucky Politicians: Archives.
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2012 Presidential contenders on Social Security:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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