Campaign 2010

Apr 26, 2010

DAY 66: Another Week of Nunnelee’s ‘No Answer’ on Privatizing Social Security

Democrats today yawned as state Senator and congressional candidate Alan Nunnelee (MS-01) remained silent for another week on his support for controversial plans to privatize Social Security.

 

“Alan Nunnelee owes Mississippi seniors an explanation if he’s supporting President Bush’s legacy and his primary opponents’ position to privatize social security,” said Jesse Ferguson, Southern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Another week has gone by without Nunnelee making clear his support for plans to gamble seniors’ Social Security money on Wall Street. Mississippi families want more than no specifics and steering clear on issues this important. Maybe this will be the week when Alan Nunnelee sees his way clear to answer Mississippi seniors.”

 

In an early April interview, state Senator and congressional candidate Nunnelee “did not offer any specific ideas when asked” about his support for the controversial privatization of Social Security and he previously “steered clear of the specifics” on a controversial Republican budget proposal that includes Social Security privatization in a local television interview 66 days ago.

 

Background

 

  • 22 Days Ago – Nunnelee Still Silent. In early April, state Senator Nunnelee refused to answer an inquiry from the Daily Journal about his support for privatizing Social Security. Both of his primary opponents, Henry Ross and Angela McGlowan, have voiced support. [NEMS Daily Journal, 4/4/10]

 

  • 66 Days Ago – Nunnelee Silent. On February 19, 2010, state Senator Nunnelee “steered clear of the specifics” when asked about the controversial GOP budget proposal that included Social Security privatization by a local television station. [WCBI, 2/19/10]

 

  • House GOP Leader supports privatizing Social Security. In May 2001, now NRCC Chairman Representative Pete Sessions, 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]
    • Alan Nunnelee is a part of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s list of “Contenders” in their Young Gun candidate program.  [NRCC]

 

  • 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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