State of Montana Archives: on Social Security


Amanda Curtis: Against privatizing Medicare and Social Security

In this time of elections being won by those with the largest bankrolls, it is a relief to have a candidate who indeed is "one of us" and who understands what day-to-day life is like for the vast majority of Montanans. Curtis stands for transparency and accountability in government, evidenced by her daily YouTube posts as a state legislator from Butte during the 2013 Montana legislative session. We knew on a daily basis what Curtis was doing and, most important, what she was thinking.

Curtis will work to ensure that Montana's public schools remain high quality and that financial accessibility to post-secondary education is attainable. She is for keeping our public lands public. She supported and voted for Medicaid expansion. She will work to ensure that women are free to make their own health care decisions. She is against privatizing Medicare and Social Security. She is a determined advocate for workers' rights.

Source: The Missoulian OpEd on 2014 Montana Senate race Sep 2, 2014

Sam Rankin: Phase in age increase and more realistic CPI

Source: 2014 Montana Senate campaign website, SamRankin.com Jul 27, 2014

Steve Daines: AdWatch: Accuses opponent of considering privatization

Turning the tables on a traditionally Democratic attack line, a new ad from Steve Daines accuses John Walsh of wanting to privatize Social Security. The Daines ad features a 67-year-old woman claiming that "Walsh also believes that privatizing Social Security should be on the table," a proposal she considers "just too risky." On screen, we see the quote, "Privatize Social Security, Walsh Says."

Here's the Q&A from April 17 that Daines refers to:

Reporter: Do you think there would ever be a circumstance where the privatization of Social Security would make sense?

Walsh: You know, I'd have to take a look at all the options--but not for those that are currently in Social Security right now. I can see, you know, maybe if there may be an option where they look at it for new employees coming into the workforce--that they may look at that--but it's not something that I'm going to support with those that are currently on the program or currently working in the program.

Source: FactCheck.org AdWatch on 2014 Montana Senate race Jul 11, 2014

John Walsh: Consider privatization for new employees entering workforce

Turning the tables on a traditionally Democratic attack line, a new ad from Steve Daines accuses John Walsh of wanting to privatize Social Security. The Daines ad features a 67-year-old woman claiming that "Walsh also believes that privatizing Social Security should be on the table," a proposal she considers "just too risky." On screen, we see the quote, "Privatize Social Security, Walsh Says."

Here's the Q&A from April 17 that Daines refers to:

Reporter: Do you think there would ever be a circumstance where the privatization of Social Security would make sense?

Walsh: You know, I'd have to take a look at all the options--but not for those that are currently in Social Security right now. I can see, you know, maybe if there may be an option where they look at it for new employees coming into the workforce--that they may look at that--but it's not something that I'm going to support with those that are currently on the program or currently working in the program.

Source: FactCheck.org AdWatch on 2014 Montana Senate race Apr 17, 2014

Michael Lange: Allow investment in private accounts

Source: Montana Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Bob Kelleher: Outlaw tax cuts until Trust Fund can guarantee coverage

Regarding your retirement, the only way to protect the Social Security and Medicare fund, is to outlaw any further tax cuts until the fund reaches a level guaranteeing coverage for the children of baby boomers. My opponents refuse to do this.
Source: Bob’s Message to Montana Schoolkids (15-min. TV interview) Oct 1, 2002

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2016 Presidential contenders on Social Security:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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