Politics & Policy

Down in the Polls, Feingold Plays the Social Security Card

I wrote previously about how Wisconsin’s vulnerable Democrats are attacking their opponents’ positions on Social Security. Well, now Sen. Russ Feingold is getting in on the fun with this new ad, in which he goes after his opponent Ron Johnson for saying he would keep “all options on the table” when it comes to Social Security reform. Feingold has said he thinks privatization — which he calls “turning Social Security over to Wall Street” — of any kind should be “off the table.” And he wants you to know he means it. Literally:

When the issued came up in Monday night’s debate, Johnson did say “all options are on the table,” but that he would “never force privatization on anybody.” His campaign issued the following response to BATTLE ‘10:

This latest ad from Senator Feingold is just another desperate attempt to mislead voters and distract from his record in Washington.  Senator Feingold has made a career of using Social Security as a political weapon.  He’s had 18 years to fix the program to honor the promises to seniors that depend on Social Security and to stabilize the program for future retirees.  He didn’t do it.  The one constant in Senator Feingold’s plan is that he has no regrets for raiding Social Security surpluses for 18 years of $2.2 trillion.

Thomas Sowell further examines where the two candidates stand on Social Security here.

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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