Campaign 2010

May 26, 2010

Rick Crawford Lies About Privatizing Social Security

In response to charges that Republican primary candidate Rick Crawford (AR-01) supports controversial plans to privatize Social Security, new general election candidate Rick Crawford proved himself to be exactly the type of flip-flopping say-anything politician that Arkansas families feared.

Now. "Crawford said he doesn’t support privatizing Social Security, but wants to 'reform’'the entitlement program through 'fiscal discipline' and cutting other programs. He said he would oppose cutting benefits, raising taxes or getting rid of income caps on social security taxes. He didn’t specify what other programs he would cut or elaborate on how fiscal discipline would save Social Security." [Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 5/20/10]

Before. Crawford said Social Security was at a "tipping point" and he signed a pledge to divert Social Security taxes into private retirement accounts.  [LauranIngram.com, accessed 5/16/10; Rick Crawford for Congress, 3/26/10]

"On his very first day as the Republican nominee, Rick Crawford proved to Arkansas families that he’s the worst kind of politician by lying to Arkansas seniors about his pledge to allow private accounts for Social Security. The problem for Mr. Crawford is his pledge is in writing," said Jesse Ferguson, Southern Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Arkansas seniors won’t let Rick Crawford lie to them now and then take their hard-earned Social Security funds to gamble them on the stock market. It’s a risky and dangerous scheme and Arkansas seniors won’t let him use political double speak and flip-flopping to get away with it."

BACKGROUND:

Crawford supports privatizing Social Security.  [LauranIngram.com, accessed 5/16/10; Rick Crawford for Congress, 3/26/10]

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]

  • Rick Crawford is a part of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s list of "On the Radar" candidates in their Young Gun program.  [NRCC]

House Republican leaders in Washington have re-introduced a plan, sponsored by ranking Republican budget committee member Representative Paul Ryan, that 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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