Say What? After Calling Social Security A Pyramid Scheme, Mealy Mouthed Heck Has No Answer

Congressman Joe Heck’s Senate campaign got off to a rough start with Jon Ralston last night when he put on a Dodgeball-grade display of dodges, ducks, dips, dives, and dodges when asked about Social Security.

Not only does Heck refuse to say he regretted calling Social Security a pyramid scheme, but he lists off a litany of bad ideas like raising the retirement age… all the while insisting that he doesn’t necessarily support any of them. Riiiiight. Joe Heck wants you to think he’s different, but he’s just like the rest of the DC GOP: Ready to break the promise to our seniors.

Take a look as Joe Heck rattles off the same damaging Republican rhetoric on Social Security — and listen to what he’s not not saying:

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Mike Huckabee has two words for Jeb Bush: Political Suicide

Just two days after Jeb Bush said he would cut Social Security benefits and raise the retirement age to 70, Mike Huckabee said he believes that would not only be political suicide, but economic suicide as well. You know it’s a problem when Mike Huckabee is telling you to tone down your policy ideas. Already in hot water for failing to prove his political viability, Jeb Bush’s impending campaign may be dead on arrival if he loses his economic credentials as well.

Watch the clip of Huckabee at Rick Scott’s Economic Summit:

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Despite what Walker’s saying now, he’s on record supporting cuts to Social Security

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Scott Walker refuses to discuss Social Security because he hasn’t decided to run for president (nice one, Gov). Even if Walker refuses to tell people how he would cut benefits, he’s on record supporting serious cuts to the program.

As far back as 2000, he supported then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush’s plan to partially privatize Social Security.

One has to believe that the Kochs took Walker’s stance on cutting Social Security into account when they declared him one of the five contenders in their invisible primary.

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It’s not just Christie: GOP Field Would Gut Social Security

Republican strategists are up in arms, criticizing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for highlighting one of the largest single vulnerabilities for the GOP: their willingness to gut Social Security. Alex Roarty and Scott Bland explain:

When Chris Christie went to New Hampshire to propose the most sweeping set of changes to Social Security in recent memory last week, he set off a rush among top Republican contenders, including Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, to offer their own aggressive plans for the program.

But according to many Republican strategists, Christie’s dive into Social Security did more than that—it pushed the party in a perilous direction ahead of the 2016 election. Because while “entitlement reform” has become part of the Republican platform, Social Security, the strategists say, is a topic still too perilous to touch.

Unfortunately for them, it’s not just Chris Christie that would break the promise to our seniors. Jeb […]

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MEMO: What To Expect In Nashua

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Brad Woodhouse, President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE: What to Expect in Nashua
DATE: April 17, 2015

Republican presidential candidates are descending like a swarm of locusts on Nashua, New Hampshire, this weekend for the NHGOP’s First in the Nation Leadership Summit. With more than 20 candidate events scheduled in addition to Friday and Saturday’s speaking slots, American Bridge will be working overtime to document every word from targeted candidates and continue our work holding Republicans accountable for their extreme positions and words. Here’s what we’re expecting to hear.

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Happy Birthday!

Seventy-nine years ago today President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, marking a new page in our nation’s history that attempted to rid the widespread problem of Americans spending their golden years trapped in poverty.

Fast forward forty five years later. David Koch runs for Vice President on a Libertarian ticket that calls Social Security – already at that time a wildly successful program that has helped millions – “the most serious threat to the future stability of our society next to the threat of nuclear war.”

Today? The Republican Party, fully embracing a hard right, extreme Tea Party, Koch-fueled agenda, runs a docket of Senate candidates who would make cuts to or have otherwise attacked Social Security. While Americans old and young continue to cherish the promise of retiring with some stability, Republican Senate candidates have made their priorities clear — and protecting their Koch cash-flow comes long before protecting your retirement.

These GOPers are coming at it from every angle. Some, like Tom Cotton and Cory Gardner, have voted to raise the eligibility age from 65 to 70, because what’s five more years of work when you’re sitting pretty in your taxpayer-funded job? Some candidates, like David Perdue, Mike McFadden and Monica Wehby, have offered nebulous support for cuts, because plans and details are hard (and voters clearly might not like to hear what they really think). Terri Lynn Land and Joni Ernst haven’t spent time in Congress yet, but they sure are keen on privatizing the program. Mainstream? Not hardly.

Supporting research after the jump.

MEMO: Congratulations to Koch-crony Joni

To: Interested Parties
From: Brad Woodhouse, President of American Bridge 21st Century
Re: Congratulations to Koch-crony Joni
Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Congratulations to Joni Ernst. Last night she captured the Tea Party Senate nomination in Iowa, and all she had to do was oppose the minimum wage, “philosophically” oppose renewable fuel standards, and flatter the billionaire, out-of-state Koch brothers.

Ernst faced a slew of conservative candidates in the Republican primary, but ultimately, her extreme record prevailed. You can’t question her Tea Party bona fides–in addition to opposing a federal minimum wage altogether, she thinks shifting a greater tax burden onto the middle class is “a great way to go.” She has made the case for privatizing Social Security, supported Paul Ryan’s budget to gut Medicaid and voucherize Medicare, and called for the elimination of Renewable Fuel Standards along with all other taxpayer subsidies. Her position on every one of those issues is in lockstep with the Koch agenda, and she even co-sponsored a personhood amendment, which would make some forms of contraception illegal and take away a woman’s right-to-choose even in the case of rape or incest. What more could a Tea Partier ask for?

Now, general election voters in Iowa can enjoy five months of getting to know Koch-crony Joni and her anti-middle class agenda.

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Memo From President Brad Woodhouse: Race to the Right in Georgia

The top two extreme Republicans running for Senate in Georgia have advanced to the next round of this knock down, drag out, race to the right primary fight. With two more months of campaigning until the runoff, David Perdue and Jack Kingston will undoubtedly continue to pander to the Tea Party base. Whether opposing raising the minimum wage/extending unemployment benefits, or supporting cuts to Medicare/attempting to voucherize the program, extreme conservatives Perdue and Kingston have more in common than not. Not to mention the time Kingston suggested low-income children perform manual labor in exchange for subsidized school lunches, and Perdue’s track record as an out-of-touch elitist. Is this the face of a Republican Party that has learned its rebrand lessons from 2012?

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We told you: Steve Lonegan is the face of the “new” GOP

Just over two months ago, on the night Steve Lonegan won the Republican nomination, American Bridge sent the memo below arguing that Lonegan’s brand of extremism was perfectly in line with the “new” & “rebranded” Republican Party.

If Washington Republicans’ reckless and embarrassing behavior over the past three weeks weren’t proof enough, take a look at what RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said at a Lonegan campaign rally just last night (VIDEO HERE).

“I’ll tell you what. Steve’s been able to do something that we need a lot more of in this party. And that’s unify our party, bring our party together. The Tea Party, the Republican Party, all in this together.”

— Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman

What Mr. Priebus doesn’t seem to understand is that the Republicans’ problem isn’t a lack of unity with the Tea Party. This month’s shutdown fiasco proves the GOP’s problem is, in fact, its obedience to the Tea Party.

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VIDEO: Christie & Lonegan: We “believe in so many of the same things”

During his endorsement event on Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie heaped praise on New Jersey Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan. “I am proud to have him as our candidate for the United States Senate,” Christie said. “Steve and I have believed and still believe in so many of the same things.”

So what exactly was Christie endorsing? Here’s American Bridge’s newest video: