The Real Rand Paul: Paul called for raising the Social Security retirement age to 70.

Rand Paul Called For Raising The Social Security Age To 70 And Means Testing Benefits. “The other thing you have to do is make tough choices. We’re all living longer. The average life expectancy when they created Social Security was 65. Now it’s 80. By the time you get there, hopefully it’s 85 or 90. We’re not going to be able to give Social Security at 65. It just doesn’t work. So it has to gradually… We can do it a month, a couple months, a year over a 20 year period. Reagan did it in ’83 when we changed Social Security from 65 to 67, which is about where it is now, but it’s taken that whole time, from ’83 to the present, to actually get there because it does it so gradually. You have to do that again for Social Security and Medicare. In order to do it, you have to look at the whole picture. I think there’s a way to do it… We have a bill that would fix Social Security, or make it sound, for 75 years, or basically forever, by raising the age gradually to 70 and then also means testing the benefits. I, frankly, think means testing… Some people don’t want to do it, but I think it’s the easier way to do it is not to cut any of the poorest among us, but to… Most people who made over $100,000 a year have some other form of pension as well as Social Security.” [Rand Paul, Young Professionals Association of Louisville Breakfast, Louisville, KY, 2/20/15; American Bridge Tracking Footage]

Paul Supported Raising Retirement Age On Social Security For Future Recipients. According to the Office of Senator Rand Paul, “During my time in Congress, I have worked on proposals that would fully fix the shortfall in the Social Security program through a gradual increase in the age of full retirement and by means testing yearly earnings, while preserving those benefits for near and current retirees. These changes would only apply to younger Americans who have time to plan for the future.” [Office Of Senator Rand Paul, Accessed, 11/19/14]