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Joe Sestak on Social Security

Democratic Senate Challenger; former Navy Admiral

 


Protect Medicare, Social Security, and Consumer Finance

With the population of elderly Americans poised to nearly double over the next decade, we need to make sure that seniors can depend on quality healthcare, financial security, and freedom from abuse and neglect for the rest of their golden years. Seniors are vital to our families and our communities, and they are human beings deserving of our respect and admiration.
Source: 2020 presidential campaign website JoeSestak.com , Jun 23, 2019

Never supported policy to cut Social Security or Medicare

A lawyer representing Sestak's campaign committee wrote to Allentown's WFMZ-TV, one of the stations airing the ad from Women Vote, the independent expenditure arm of Emily's List. His attorney argues that the 30-second spot is "false and misleading" and should be removed. "Joe Sestak has never introduced, outlined, supported, or voted for any plan, legislation or policy that would make cuts to Social Security or Medicare benefits," attorney Bret Binder wrote.
Source: The Morning Call on 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race , Apr 15, 2016

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

Social Security is the cornerstone of retirement security

Democratic candidate Rep. Joe Sestak staked out social security as a battleground, lambasting Republican opponent Rep. Pat Toomey for supporting privatization and dropping two new attack ads to drive home the message. "Social Security is the cornerstone of our retirement security," said Sestak in a statewide conference call with seniors Tuesday. "It's outrageous that Congressman Toomey wants to gamble our social security on Wall Street."
Source: Huffington Post on 2010 Pennsylvania Senate race , Oct 12, 2010

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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