Today the war of words in the Silver State’s biggest electoral race is being waged over Social Security, an issue important to Nevada’s seniors as well as those approaching retirement age.
Competing press releases with YouTube links galore have been flying since Sharron Angle this morning released a new television ad saying she wants to “save” Social Security, even though she has in the past said she believes we ought to “phase out” the program.
A Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee press release–from the desk of Deidre Murphy, national press secretary–calls the ad “grossly misleading” and includes recent statements made by Angle in debates and media appearances as well as details on a 2005 vote she cast while in the state legislature:
Angle Wants To “Phase Out” Social Security And Medicare. During a May 2010 debate on Face to Face, Sharron Angle said, “We need to phase Medicare and Social Security out in favor of something privatized.” She later added, “Going forward we need to phase it out, give people an opportunity to either opt into the old system or go for a new system where they have their own healthcare savings account or they have their own retirement savings account which is portable and goes with them from job to job and for those who are entering the workforce right now they come on to the new system so it’s a phased-in system so it’s something [inaudible] privatize.” [Face to Face debate, 5/19/10]
Angle: Social Security “Hard To Justify.” In a May interview with KNPR, Angle said “it’s very difficult…to justify social security. As you know F.D.R. put it in as an insurance policy for those who were needy. My grandfather would not even take his social check because he said he was not up for welfare, he had planned for his retirement, so he wouldn’t take it. But, since then we have gotten into this whole mindset that it’s an entitlement.” [KNPR, State of Nevada, 5/19/2010]
Angle Voted Against A Resolution Opposing President Bush’s Risky Plan To Privatize Social Security. In 2005, Sharron Angle opposed Assembly Joint Resolution 1, which urged Congress to oppose privatization of Social Security. The next day, the Review-Journal reported, “Voting mainly along party lines, the Assembly approved on a 27-13 vote Thursday a resolution that calls on Congress to reject President Bush’s plans to let younger workers invest a portion of their Social Security payroll taxes. Assembly Majority Leader Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, said Social Security has been one of the most successful government programs and that 314,120 Nevadans rely on their monthly checks. Buckley said the creation of private investment accounts carries a risk since the ‘stock market goes up and down.’” [AJR 1, 2/24/05; Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2/25/05]
The Harry Reid campaign quickly followed up with an “In Her Own Words” YouTube video: