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Joe Sestak on Social Security

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Never raise, never, the age for our seniors to retire

Katie McGinty accused Joe Sestak of supporting cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Sestak said she was distorting his record and relying on negativity.

McGinty has cited Sestak's praise for the 2010 Simpson-Bowles plan's broad deficit-reduction blueprint, an outline that includes cuts to Social Security, to go after him on that issue.

Sestak did not let that stand. "Katie, you're wrong--here's why--you should remember, as I do as a Catholic, the Eighth Commandment," he said, citing the order to not bear false witness against a neighbor. He said he has publicly advocated that "we should never raise, never, the age for our seniors to retire." Sestak also said he voted 41 times as a congressman to protect Social Security and Medicare.

Republicans pointed out that McGinty's campaign chairman, former Gov. Ed Rendell, has often praised the courage of lawmakers who have embraced the deficit reduction plan she is now criticizing.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer on 2016 Pennsylvania Senate debate , Apr 6, 2016

Co-sponsored the Social Security Fairness Act

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, joesestak.com, "Issues" , Aug 12, 2010

Oppose privatization; would have lost income in recession

Looking forward, we see that the programs seniors rely on today are in jeopardy. The Medicare Trust fund is scheduled to run out by 2017 and the Social Security trust fund will run out in 2037. I believe we should preserve long term fiscal solvency not by cutting benefits but by reexamining the way we find revenues for social security benefits.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, joesestak.com, "Issues" , Aug 12, 2010

Opposes private retirement accounts.

Sestak opposes the CC survey question on private retirement accounts

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Allowing individuals to invest a portion of their Social Security tax in private retirement accounts"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q6 on Aug 11, 2010

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