American Bridge Statement on Kelly Ayotte’s Disastrous Debate

Statement from Jessica Mackler, president, American Bridge, on Senator Kelly Ayotte’s disastrous debate this morning:

“Kelly Ayotte continues to prove that she supports nearly all of the conservative policies of Donald Trump and her special interest billionaire backers, the Koch brothers. Whether it’s taking away health care for thousands of Granite Staters by repealing the Medicaid expansion or cutting Social Security and seniors’ benefits, Ayotte won’t stand up to Donald Trump – she’d be a rubber stamp for his extreme and dangerous agenda.”

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George W. To Fundraise For His Social Security “Privatization Champion” Portman

For better or worse (we all know how it turned out for Jeb!), former President George W. Bush is “helping” vulnerable GOP senators keep their seats this cycle, including Senator Rob Portman. Portman has plenty of reasons to be less than thrilled about his former employer fundraising for him.

The senator worked for the Bush Administration from 2005 to 2007, first as a U.S. Trade Representative and then as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. During the latter, Portman became a Social Security “privatization champion.” In addition, in 2001, Portman worked as “a leading spokesman” for Bush’s efforts to privatize earned benefits, what could’ve been “the largest windfall gain in American financial history” for Wall Street.

Portman would like Ohio seniors to forget about his record of putting their benefits at risk, but with President Bush joining him on the trail his time as “privatization champion” will haunt him through November.

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Trump Supporter John Kasich Is No Moderate

John Kasich this morning intends to juxtapose “Two Paths” for America; his, of “optimism,” and Donald Trump’s “path to darkness.” Kasich seems to think he has a lofty and pure moral standing over Trump just because he hasn’t repugnantly mocked another candidate’s wife on Twitter.

Good for him — but John Kasich is no better than Donald Trump. Kasich’s “zero chance” quip ruling out a run as Trump’s VP means nothing. Because so long as John Kasich refuses to revoke his support for Trump as the GOP nominee, Kasich is enabling Trump and his xenophobia and misogyny.

John Kasich continues to tolerate and accept Trump at his worst rhetorically, and he’s just as right-wing as Trump when it comes to policy:

Extreme anti-choice positions: As governor of Ohio, Kasich has “signed and supported some of the most stringent anti-abortion legislation in the country.” Kasich signed 16 antiabortion measures between 2011 and 2015, including a […]

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How’s Social Security Work? Don’t Ask Sharron Angle Or Joe “Pyramid Scheme” Heck

A new report from Roll Call reveals that Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle had no idea how Social Security worked as recently as her last Senate bid.

Sadly, Angle’s 2016 primary opponent, Rep. Joe Heck, doesn’t have much better a track record on the essential program counted on by millions of American seniors. Heck disparaged Social Security as a “pyramid scheme,” and later refused to apologize for his comments. And Heck’s threat to seniors doesn’t stop at his reckless rhetoric: he’s also proposed partial privatization of the vital program.

Sharron Angle’s lack of understanding of Social Security is embarrassing and it does not inspire confidence — but Joe Heck’s own “pyramid scheme” ignorance and quest for partial privatization are equally alarming.

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Joe Heck on Social Security

Called Social Security A “Pyramid Scheme”

VIDEO: In 2011, Heck Called Social Security A “Pyramid Scheme” That Was Not Working

VIDEO: Heck Said Social Security Was A “Pyramid Scheme” That […]

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GOP Will Cut Safety Net Programs Like Social Security, Medicare Out From Under Most Vulnerable

Marco Rubio was hoping to deflect attention on his failure to release his tax returns by talking about his mom’s reliance on Social Security, but that’s another trap for him to walk into.

In reality, Rubio, like Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and others, has proven he’s ready to cut these important safety nets out from under the Americans who need them most, if it helps special interests like the Koch brothers. Not one of them has offered substantive solutions — only the same old, tired ideas that have failed the GOP again, and again, and again.

No matter who the Republican nominee is it’s certain that they’ll put millions of seniors and future retirees’ earned benefits at risk:

Ted Cruz would raise Social Security and Medicare’s eligibility ages. He’d move Medicare to a premium support system and threaten Social Security by shifting it to private accounts. As a bonus, Cruz would institute means-testing for both Security and Medicare.
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Marco Rubio Does The Kochs’ Work On Earned Benefits

Speaking with Anderson Cooper, Marco Rubio sounded like he’s prepared to personally bear the burden facing seniors if he cuts their earned benefits. In the past, he’s used more straightforward language about what he thinks: Social Security has “weakened us as a people.”

Seniors’ benefits are what’s being weakened in Rubio’s equation. He’s still scheming for Koch support this election by doing their bidding and proposing to cut Social Security and Medicare:

He would means-testSocial Security and raise the retirement age.
He would partially voucherize Medicare, by shifting the program to a premium-support systemthat would push retirees to private plans.

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GOP Senate Contenders Put Special Interests Ahead Of Social Security

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the first Social Security check, but you likely won’t hear any of the Republican senate candidates marking the occasion. Despite facing a contentious election environment, GOP Senate contenders have only offered plans to cut Social Security benefits using the same failed ideas time and time again, including raising the retirement age and partially privatizing Social Security.

The GOP’s failure to offer real solutions on Social Security is just one more example of the GOP putting special interests like the Kochs ahead of the millions of Americans that rely on earned benefits to make ends meet.

Here’s how Republican Senate candidates plan to weaken Social Security:

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey voted to make it easier to privatize Social Security, and supported a similar plan to the George W. Bush administration’s efforts to privatize Social Security.
Illinois Senator Mark Kirk supported the Simpson-Bowles Plan that would have raised the Social Security retirement age.
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What Republicans AREN’T Celebrating: Anniversary Of The First Social Security Check

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the first Social Security check, but you likely won’t hear any of the Republican presidential candidates marking the occasion. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the field have only offered plans to cut Social Security benefits using the same failed ideas time and time again, including raising the retirement age and partially privatizing Social Security.

Make no mistake about it – the GOP’s failure to offer real solutions on Social Security is just one more example of how every single Republican presidential candidate would put special interests and the billionaire Koch brothers ahead of the millions of Americans that rely on earned benefits to make ends meet.

Here’s how Republican candidates would weaken Social Security:

Ted Cruz would raise Social Security and Medicare’s eligibility ages. He’d move Medicare to a premium support system and threaten Social Security by shifting it to private accounts. As a bonus, Cruz would institute means-testing for both Security […]

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Seniors Will Medicare About GOP Cutting Social Security And Medicare

With more than one million South Carolinians benefiting from Social Security and over 900,000 from Medicare, one would think Republicans would work to protect the programs and its benefits for seniors. Instead, almost everyone on the debate stage tonight would cut Social Security and Medicare benefits by raising the retirement age and partially voucherizing Medicare.

After all, GOP contenders like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are still chasing Koch money, which is why they support one of the Koch brothers’ first policy demands to gut Social Security and Medicare.

Here’s how Republicans on stage would weaken Social Security and Medicare:

Ted Cruz would raise Social Security and Medicare’s eligibility ages. He’d move Medicare to a premium support system and threaten Social Security by shifting it to private accounts. As a bonus, Cruz would institute means-testing for both Security and Medicare!

Marco Rubio believes Social Security “weakened us as a people,” so it shouldn’t come as a surprise he wants to […]

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GOP Field & Congress: We Don’t Medicare About Your Earned Benefits

You can count on the GOP field and Republicans in Congress to deny climate change, promote massive tax cuts for the wealthy few, and be too scared of the party base to meaningfully denounce Donald Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric.

So, too, can you be sure that they’re determined to threaten American seniors and future retirees’ earned benefits by limiting eligibility for Social Security and Medicare, and shifting the programs toward private accounts. Gutting Social Security and Medicare was one of the original items on Charles and David Kochs’ political agenda — and it’s a cause that the GOP field and their congressional allies have eagerly taken up as their own.

Here’s where the GOP field and their congressional buddies stand on attacking earned benefits:

If you’d like to see fundamental changes to earned benefits that restrict eligibility, then Ted Cruz is your candidate. Cruz would raise Social Security and Medicare’s eligibility ages. He’d move Medicare to […]

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