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Charlie Baker on Social Security
Republican nominee for Governor: Click here for Charlie Baker on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tom Menino on Social Security
Mayor of Boston: Click here for Tom Menino on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Deval Patrick on Social Security
Democrat: Click here for Deval Patrick on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Dan Wolf on Social Security
Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Dan Wolf on other issues.
  • Stronger social support for older residents benefits us all. (Nov 2012)

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Mo Cowan on Social Security
Democratic Appointee: Click here for Mo Cowan on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Gabriel Gomez on Social Security
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Gabriel Gomez on other issues.
  • Commit to reforming without scare tactics. (Mar 2013)
John Kerry on Social Security
Jr Senator (MA), Democratic nominee for President: Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for John Kerry on other issues.
  • FactCheck: Kerry did tax some benefits, to fund Medicare. (Oct 2004)
  • Personal retirement accounts are an invitation to disaster. (Oct 2004)
  • Social Security privatization will cost $2 trillion more. (Oct 2004)
  • Will not privatize Social Security nor cut benefits. (Jul 2004)
  • I will never privatize, extend retirement age, nor cut SS. (Jan 2004)
  • Guarantee Social Security soundness, even if unpopular. (Sep 2003)
  • Don’t threaten Social Security on Wall Street trading block. (May 2002)
  • Never thought about pulling money out of Social Security. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Require small businesses to allow automatic IRA deposits. (Mar 2008)
Ed Markey on Social Security
Democratic Representative (MA-7): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Ed Markey on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Elizabeth Warren on Social Security
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.
  • No unnecessary cuts or risky privatization schemes. (Jul 2012)
  • Modest changes will save Social Security, not privatization. (Apr 2012)
  • Opposes investing part of your payroll tax. (Oct 2012)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)

House:


Michael Capuano on Social Security
Democratic Representative (MA-8): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Michael Capuano on other issues.
  • Resist any attempt to privatize Social Security. (Dec 2009)
  • Raise the retirement age for receiving full benefits. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
Katherine Clark on Social Security
Democrat (District 5): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Katherine Clark on other issues.
  • Keep our promises to seniors: keep retirement age & no cuts. (Oct 2013)
Bill Keating on Social Security
Democrat (District 9): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bill Keating on other issues.
  • Bad idea to privatize; or to raise retirement age. (Nov 2010)
  • Opposes privatizing Social Security. (Nov 2010)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Joe Kennedy III on Social Security
Democrat (District 4): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joe Kennedy III on other issues.
  • No means testing; no age changes; no privatization. (Nov 2012)
Jim McGovern on Social Security
Democratic Representative (MA-3): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Jim McGovern on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction. (Aug 2011)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Richard Neal on Social Security
Democratic Representative (MA-2): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Richard Neal on other issues.
  • Voted NO on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • No severe changes; no privatization. (Feb 2010)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
John Tierney on Social Security
Democratic Representative (MA-6): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for John Tierney on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
Niki Tsongas on Social Security
Democrat: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Niki Tsongas on other issues.
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Bob Massie on Social Security
Former Democratic Senate Challenger (2011): Click here for Bob Massie on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Setti Warren on Social Security
Former Democratic Senate Challenger (2011): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Setti Warren on other issues.
  • Raise FICA tax cap over current limit of $106,800 income. (Jul 2011)
Barney Frank on Social Security
Democratic Representative (MA-4): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Barney Frank on other issues.
  • Voted NO on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • No severe changes; no privatization. (Feb 2010)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction. (Aug 2011)
Steve Lynch on Social Security
Democratic Representative (MA-9): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Steve Lynch on other issues.
  • Fight against privatizing Social Security. (Sep 2001)
  • Deny no one access to insurance and best medical resources. (Sep 2001)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Ed Markey on Social Security
Democratic Representative (MA-7): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Ed Markey on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
John Olver on Social Security
Democratic Representative (MA-1): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for John Olver on other issues.
  • Voted NO on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction. (Aug 2011)
Tom Birmingham on Social Security
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for Tom Birmingham on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Paul Celucci on Social Security
Former Republican Governor (1999-2001): Click here for Paul Celucci on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Chris Gabrieli on Social Security
Democratic 2006 Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Chris Gabrieli on other issues.
  • Invest state pension reserve in stock & bond portfolio. (Jun 2006)
Steve Grossman on Social Security
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for Steve Grossman on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kerry Healey on Social Security
Former GOP 2006 Challenger: Click here for Kerry Healey on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Carla Howell on Social Security
Libertarian Challenger Governor (MA); 2000 Challenger for Senate: Click here for Carla Howell on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Christy Mihos on Social Security
Former Independent Challenger 2006: Click here for Christy Mihos on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Shannon O'Brien on Social Security
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Shannon O'Brien on other issues.
  • Swift’s pension plan would cost an extra $8 billion. (Dec 2001)
  • Created “On the Money” web site for retirement planning. (Dec 2001)
  • State pension fund should be self-funded by employees. (Jan 2001)
Robert Reich on Social Security
Former Dem. Challenger 2002, and Cabinet Sec'y: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Robert Reich on other issues.
  • Privatizing would leave lower-income retirees with less. (Feb 2002)
  • Open the lockbox & throw away key: Better reforms needed. (Sep 2001)
  • Privatization is the first cousin of social Darwinism. (Aug 2001)
  • Keep Trust Fund as federal “insurance pool”. (Feb 1997)
Tom Reilly on Social Security
Former Dem. 2006 Challenger: Click here for Tom Reilly on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mitt Romney on Social Security
Former GOP Governor (2003-2006); Pres. candidate (2008): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Mitt Romney on other issues.
  • Version 2.0: Lower benefit rate for wealthy. (Jan 2012)
  • 1-year payroll tax cut is a band-aid; make permanent changes. (Oct 2011)
  • System is federal responsibility, not state governments. (Sep 2011)
  • Congress taking money from Trust Fund is criminal. (Sep 2011)
  • Keep Social Security as an essential federal program. (Sep 2011)
  • Funding for Social Security is not working, but system works. (Sep 2011)
  • So-called "Trust Fund" has defrauded American people. (Mar 2010)
  • Add individual retirement accounts as option. (Mar 2010)
  • Rein in the excessive growth in entitlement programs. (Jan 2008)
  • Will try to fix Social Security without raising taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • No FICA for workers over age 65, so they can stay working. (Jan 2008)
  • Favors private accounts; prepared to be entirely bold. (Oct 2007)
  • Private accounts work better than extending retirement age. (Oct 2007)
  • Reform entitlements by negotiating behind closed doors. (Aug 2006)
  • Honor expectations of recipients, but take action for future. (Aug 2006)
Grace Ross on Social Security
Former Green Challenger 2006: Click here for Grace Ross on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jane Swift on Social Security
Former Republican Governor (2001-2002): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jane Swift on other issues.
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Warren Tolman on Social Security
2002 Democratic Challenger MA Governor: Click here for Warren Tolman on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bill Weld on Social Security
Former Republican Governor (1991-1997): Click here for Bill Weld on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Peter Blute on Social Security
Republican Former (1994-) (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Peter Blute on other issues.
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Kenneth Chase on Social Security
Republican Challenger, 2004 Congressional candidate: Click here for Kenneth Chase on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Joe Kennedy on Social Security
Democrat (until 1999) (District 8): Click here for Joe Kennedy on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Marty Meehan on Social Security
Democrat (Retired 2007) (District 5): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Marty Meehan on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Joe Moakley on Social Security
Democrat (until 2001) (District 9): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Joe Moakley on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
Peter Torkildsen on Social Security
Republican Former (1994-) (District 6): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Peter Torkildsen on other issues.
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Jeff Beatty on Social Security
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for Jeff Beatty on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Michael Capuano on Social Security
Democratic Representative (MA-8): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Michael Capuano on other issues.
  • Resist any attempt to privatize Social Security. (Dec 2009)
  • Raise the retirement age for receiving full benefits. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
Bill Delahunt on Social Security
Democratic Representative (MA-10): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Bill Delahunt on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Ted Kennedy on Social Security
Democratic Sr Senator (MA): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Ted Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Rated 89% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Paul Kirk on Social Security
Former Democratic Senate Appointee (2009): Click here for Paul Kirk on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Brian Macdonald on Social Security
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Brian Macdonald on other issues.
  • Opposes privatizing Social Security. (Feb 2006)
Ed O`Reilly on Social Security
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Ed O`Reilly on other issues.
  • No privatization of Social Security. (May 2007)
Jim Ogonowski on Social Security
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for Jim Ogonowski on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Stephen Pagliuca on Social Security
Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Stephen Pagliuca on other issues.
  • Never allow diverting into individual retirement accounts. (Dec 2009)
Jack Robinson on Social Security
Republican Challenger for Senate (MA): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Jack Robinson on other issues.
  • No diversion of payroll tax to individual retirement account. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
Kevin Scott on Social Security
Republican Challenger, previously Wakefield Selectman: Click here for Kevin Scott on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bob Underwood on Social Security
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bob Underwood on other issues.
  • Don’t privatize social security. (Aug 2008)
Martha Coakley on Social Security
Democratic Senate Nominee: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Martha Coakley on other issues.
  • Safety net of Social Security is more important than ever. (Dec 2009)
  • Safety net of Social Security is more important than eve. (Nov 2009)
Joe L. Kennedy on Social Security
Libertarian Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joe L. Kennedy on other issues.
  • Ready to cut Social Security & other entitlements. (Jan 2010)
Alan Khazei on Social Security
Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Alan Khazei on other issues.
  • Individual retirement accounts ok; but not from Trust Fund. (Dec 2009)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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