Campaign 2010

Mar 16, 2010

Djou Says He’ll Answer Straight – Does He Support Privatizing Social Security and Medicare?

Charles Djou made it crystal clear last night:

 

“…what I can promise you is that if you ask me a straight question, you ask me what my position is on a particular matter, I will give you a straight answer.”

 

So, after he recently did some politically-motivated waffling on his support for Social Security privatization, the question for Djou is this:

 

Do you support the privatization of Social Security and Medicare?

 

Background

 

  • In a Hawaii Public Radio-hosted candidate debate, Charles Djou said, “I believe certainly if I’m fortunate enough to be elected to the United States Congress I cannot promise you that I will agree with you on every single one of your positions, but what I can promise you is that if you ask me a straight question, you ask me what my position is on a particular matter, I will give you a straight answer.” [Hawaii Public Radio 1st Congressional Candidates Debate, 3/15/10]

 

  • Djou told the American Spectator that President Bush “had the right idea” in addressing Social Security reform “but wasn’t willing to say he supported a specific plan because” he’d be attacked “for wanting to destroy Social Security.” [American Spectator, 3/12/10]

 

  • The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein writes that House Republican Ranking Member of the Budget Committee Paul Ryan's budget “proposes reforms that are noting short of violent…Social Security gets guaranteed, private accounts that CBO says will actually cost more than the present arrangement...” [The Washington Post, 2/1/10; Ranking Republican of Budget Committee Paul Ryan Web site]

 

  • Atlantic Media Political Director Ron Brownstein wrote in National Journal, “Steele's pledge this week to ‘protect Medicare’ might have been more convincing had it not come five months after nearly four-fifths of House Republicans voted to literally end the program as we know it for all Americans younger than 55.” [National Journal, 8/28/09]

 

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