State of Minnesota secondary Archives: on Social Security


Heather Johnson: Privatize program to make up for borrowing & defunding

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Privatize Social Security"?

A: Yes, our government mishandled this greatly, borrowing against a program and defunding it cost the stability that millions expected after retirement. Now my generation and younger, may be working until our late 70s to early 80s. The government's track record with programs and funding is terrible. Worse, they are not held accountable for corrupted acts and misuse of American tax dollars.

Source: E-mail interview on 2014 MN Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 18, 2014

Kurt Bills: Increment retirement age; rely on other streams of income

Q: Your views on Social Security?

BILLS: It's moving up rapidly toward insolvency, so how do you keep this program around? You have to be able to secure it for the people who are there. We do have to look at that retirement age and adjusting that by a small increments starting in, I think the platform [in the Rand Paul budget proposal] starts in 2014, just three-month increments. We shouldn't have people relying on Social Security as their only stream of income, but we need to make sure it's there for the people who are paying into it. Adjusting for retirement and also means testing, as I mentioned before, is a big part of that.

Source: MinnPost.com Q-and-A on 2012 MN Senate debate Jun 29, 2012

Amy Klobuchar: No raising retirement age; no cost of living increase

Q: 60% of our federal revenues go to Medicare and pensions. Will you go after those?

KLOBUCHAR: I believe that if we can shore up this deficit and balance the budget, that we can then start shoring up Social Security. This Congress has raided $925 billion from Social Security. And you go back to the Clinton administration.

Q: Would you raise the retirement age?

KLOBUCHAR: I donít believe that is the solution.

Q: Cost of living increase?

KLOBUCHAR: I donít believe thatís the solution. If we can get that balanced budget in place, weíre going to be able to secure Social Security for the future [as we had under Clinton]

Q: With no changes in the system?

KLOBUCHAR: We can have a bipartisan commission look at those changes. They should be options to be looked at, but it would be a hard sell on me because I believe our priority should be to balance the budget. There is a better way to do this by being fiscally responsible instead of giving billions of dollars in oil giveaways.

Source: 2006 MN Senate debate, on Meet the Press Oct 15, 2006

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2020 Presidential contenders on Social Security:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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