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Jan 19, 2005

Where Does Mark Kennedy Stand on Social Security Privatization?

DCCC Press

Jan 19, 2005

Where Does Mark Kennedy Stand on Social Security Privatization?

It depends who's asking...

Where does Mark Kennedy stand on privatizing Social Security? Well, his answer changes depending on the audience. Kennedy has given one answer to an organization representing thousands of Minnesota seniors and a different response to a right-wing Washington think-tank dedicated to radically changing Social Security.

Last year, Kennedy told the AARP he would oppose plans that privatize Social Security:

Kennedy: I will oppose any plan that privatizes Social Security, cuts benefits, cuts survivors or disability benefits, or raises payroll taxes. [AARP 2004 Candidate Survey]

But Kennedy had a much different answer for the right-wing Cato Institute's Project on Social Security Privatization:

Responding to the Cato Institute's Social Security Privatization questionnaire, Kennedy stated that he favored Social Security reform that would allow workers to save a portion of their payroll taxes in a personal retirement account. [Cato Institute Project on Social Security Privatization, 2000 Candidate Questionnaire]

"Minnesota seniors deserve straight answers on Social Security, but Mark Kennedy's position on privatization is anything but clear." said DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel (IL). "Social Security is too important to play political games with. Kennedy owes seniors in St. Cloud, who depend on Social Security, his real position on privatization."

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