Campaign 2010

Apr 12, 2010

DAY 53: Hurt In Hiding—This Time From Virginia Seniors

It has been a whopping 53 days since state Senator and congressional candidate Robert Hurt (VA-05) was unable to respond about his support for the newly proposed GOP Budget Roadmap which includes privatization of Social Security. Several of Hurt’s Republican opponents announced their support for the concepts of privatization while Representative Tom Perriello has announced his opposition to the plan. Hurt has recently been criticized by one of his Republican primary opponents for hiding his positions during the campaign.

“For over 50 days, Virginia seniors have wondered when Robert Hurt will come clean and announce his support for this controversial plan to privatize Social Security, but unfortunately Hurt is hiding from them,” said Jesse Ferguson, Southern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Why are the other Republicans in this race standing behind concepts President Bush promoted while Robert Hurt can’t be bothered to answer? Hopefully Hurt can find the time to tell Virginia seniors about his plans for their Social Security. If not, Virginia seniors may conclude that his silence is proof enough that he does have dangerous ideas to gamble Social Security funds on Wall Street.”

The plan, introduced by ranking Republican budget committee member, Representative Paul Ryan, returns to the Bush-era concept of privatizing Social Security into Wall Street accounts. Representative Eric Cantor, who supports Hurt’s campaign, also supports privatizing Social Security.

Background

  • Perriello opposed social security privatization and many GOP candidates supported the concepts. Robert Hurt was unavailable to respond. “Perriello’s opposition to the idea of privatization puts him at odds with several of the eight Republican challengers vying to win the GOP nomination to challenge him in the fall.”  [Charlottesville Daily Progress, 2/18/2010]
  • Hurt in hiding. Laurence Verga, challenging Hurt for the Republican nomination, recently derided Hurt for avoiding debates on his issue positions and for hiding behind his campaign spokesman. [Register and Bee, 4/5/10]
  • GOP Leader Cantor supports privatizing social security and backs Robert Hurt. In May 2001, now Republican Whip Eric Cantor co-signed a letter to the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security urging for privatization. The letter read, “Social Security reform must offer younger workers the opportunity to improve their rates of return using personal retirement accounts.” [Rep. Jim DeMint Letter to The Social Security Reform Commission, 5/24/01]  Representative Eric Cantor supports Robert Hurt for Congress.  [Media General News Service, 1/15/2010]
  • The plan, introduced by ranking Republican budget committee member, Representative Paul Ryan, returns to the Bush-era concept of privatizing Social Security in Wall Street accounts. [Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/10/10] In 2005, President Bush went on a 60 stops in 60 days Social Security tour, following him outlining the details of his private account plan in his February State of the Union Address.  [Washington Post, 4/27/05]

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