Campaign 2010

Mar 03, 2005

Rep. Heather Wilson Caught on Tape…

DCCC Press

Mar 3, 2005

Rep. Heather Wilson Caught on Tape...

Web video reveals televised promise on Social Security that may haunt Heather Wilson.

The DCCC today unveiled an Internet video showing GOP Rep. Heather Wilson caught on tape pledging to New Mexicans she would "protect Social Security." But Wilson recently refused to state her position on privatization to the Albuquerque Tribune:

"Wilson refuses to be pinned down on whether she would support the type of privatization strategy proposed by Bush -- Wilson refused to discuss the issue Tuesday." [Albuquerque Tribune, 2/25/05]

The DCCC has posted Rep. Wilson's campaign ad and the new video here.

"Now is the time to take a stand on Social Security, but Heather Wilson is ducking the question on privatization and benefit cuts, " said DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel. "Our video plays back the Social Security pledge Rep. Wilson made to New Mexico seniors so they can decide whether she keeps her word."

Just the facts:

After State of the Union, Wilson Claimed She Opposes Bush Social Security Plan. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., echoed Democrats' opposition to Bush's plan, saying she opposes efforts to invest even a portion of Social Security revenues in private accounts. "I don't believe the government should invest Social Security taxes in the stock market." [Associated Press, 2/6/05]

But Just Weeks Later, Wilson Refuses To State Positions, Discuss Social Security Issue. The Albuquerque Tribune reported that "Wilson refuses to be pinned down on whether she would support the type of privatization strategy proposed by Bush in which individuals could choose from among several stock or bond funds run by independent brokers. Wilson refused to discuss the issue Tuesday, but in an earlier interview she told The Tribune: 'We'll see dozens of proposals. I will try to influence this debate. I won't be writing legislation.'" [Albuquerque Tribune, 2/25/05]

And In 1998, Wilson Favored Investing Social Security Funds in the Stock Market. Also according to the Associated Press in 1998, Wilson favors allowing people to invest part of their Social Security funds. [Associated Press, 11/3/98]


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