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Joe Biden on Social Security
Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 8 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • Where would elderly be now if funds were in stock market? (Oct 2012)
  • Raise the $97,500 cap, but donít raise retirement age. (Sep 2007)
  • Prevent senior fraud by educating seniors about caution. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Rated 89% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Mike Bloomberg on Social Security
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
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    No stance on record.
John Bolton on Social Security
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    No stance on record.
Jeb Bush on Social Security
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 5 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • Wrong to scare seniors about not protecting Social Security. (Oct 2010)
  • Privatization became administration's fundamental philosophy. (Dec 2009)
  • Social service benefits via private & faith-based companies. (Dec 2009)
  • 1994 opponent falsely accused Jeb of cutting Social Security. (Oct 2006)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Ben Carson on Social Security
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    No stance on record.
Hillary Clinton on Social Security
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 18 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • No lifting cap on payroll tax; that taxes middle class. (Apr 2008)
  • Bipartisan commission, like in 1983, to address crisis. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: No, teachers & police wonít pay if cap over $102K. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, removing $97,500 cap affects middle-class. (Nov 2007)
  • Have a bipartisan commission on Social Security and its tax. (Oct 2007)
  • 1997: Hillary warned against privatizing Social Security. (Oct 2007)
  • $1000 matching tax credit for first $1000 in 401(k) deposit. (Oct 2007)
  • Solvent until 2055 under Bill Clinton; now has lost 14 years. (Sep 2007)
  • Nothing else on table until fiscal responsibility returns. (Sep 2007)
  • Make sure nobody ever tries to privatize Social Security. (Aug 2007)
  • Soc.Sec. one of greatest inventions in American democracy. (Oct 2006)
  • Social Security protects families, not just retirees. (Feb 1999)
  • All should join the debate now to preserve future solvency. (Feb 1999)
  • Respect unique power of government to meet social needs. (Sep 1996)
  • Elderly poor are hit hardest by delays in COLA increases. (Jun 1994)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Ted Cruz on Social Security
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  • Raise retirement age; cap increases to inflation rate. (Aug 2012)
  • Transition younger workers into personal savings system. (Jun 2012)
Andrew Cuomo on Social Security
Democratic Governor
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    No stance on record.
Rahm Emanuel on Social Security
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee
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  • Help people build a nest egg outside Social Security. (Jan 2009)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Newt Gingrich on Social Security
Former Republican Representative (GA-6) and Speaker of the House
Click here for 13 full quotes by Newt Gingrich OR click here for Newt Gingrich on other issues.
  • Establish Social Security savings accounts, like Chile. (Jan 2012)
  • Take Social Security off federal budget; give young a choice. (Nov 2011)
  • Get social security out of budget; make personal accounts. (Nov 2011)
  • Take away politicians' power & control over our retirement. (Sep 2011)
  • Capital markets return more that Social Security promises. (May 2010)
  • 50% offset on the FICA tax, to stimulate economy. (Feb 2009)
  • Invest 50% of payroll taxes in personal accounts. (Dec 2007)
  • Move retirement plans to personal savings plans. (Dec 2007)
  • Modernize via personal social security savings accounts. (Dec 2006)
  • Retirement policies & tax policies ARE health policies. (Sep 2003)
  • Show true cost of FICA--double what is shown on paychecks. (Jul 1998)
  • Convert to IRA-based system. (Jul 1998)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Nikki Haley on Social Security
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  • Social Security reduced rampant poverty among elderly. (Apr 2012)
  • Public service retirees: no COLA; no spiking; no double-dip. (Jan 2012)
Mike Huckabee on Social Security
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
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  • Will try to fix Social Security with FairTax. (Jan 2008)
  • Personalization of retirement funds, not privatization. (Oct 2007)
  • Personal retirement accounts allow investing in oneís future. (Sep 2007)
  • Replace payroll tax & fund Social Security with FairTax. (Sep 2007)
  • No Congressional pensions; give them same deal as citizens. (Nov 1992)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal funding of Social Services Block Grants. (Sep 1999)
Jon Huntsman on Social Security
Republican UT Governor
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  • Stop frightening Americans & fix the system. (Sep 2011)
Bobby Jindal on Social Security
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
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    No stance on record.
Gary Johnson on Social Security
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
Click here for 8 full quotes by Gary Johnson OR click here for Gary Johnson on other issues.
  • Raise the retirement age to 70 or 72. (Aug 2012)
  • A portion of Social Security ought to be privatized. (Aug 2012)
  • Replace the payroll tax with FairTax. (Feb 2012)
  • Raise the retirement age; plus means testing. (Aug 2011)
  • Reform all entitlements, including Social Security. (Jul 2011)
  • Open to personal accounts for Social Security. (Jul 2011)
  • Change escalator from wage-based to inflation-based. (May 2011)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Peter King on Social Security
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
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  • Strong supporter of preserving Social Security. (Sep 2013)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Martin O`Malley on Social Security
Democrat
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  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
Barack Obama on Social Security
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 21 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • No new promises we can't keep; but keep promises we've made. (Feb 2013)
  • Entitlements don't make us takers; they free us to take risk. (Jan 2013)
  • Tweak Social Security like Reagan did, but keep entitlements. (Oct 2012)
  • OpEd: Eliminating FICA ceiling means rich won't spend. (Apr 2010)
  • Good health care and tax reform will save entitlements. (Oct 2008)
  • 2007: Raise income cap to avoid future shortfall. (Aug 2008)
  • What do we do with the losers of privatizing? (Jul 2008)
  • Raise cap on payroll tax for 3% of earners over $102,000. (Apr 2008)
  • Raise $97K cap on payroll tax exempting earnings under $250K. (Apr 2008)
  • Must capture new revenue; no new Social Security Commission. (Apr 2008)
  • Stop any efforts to privatize Social Security. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Removing $97,500 cap would be $1.3T tax increase. (Nov 2007)
  • Cutting benefits & raising retirement age are wrong answers. (Nov 2007)
  • The wealthy should pay a bit more on the payroll tax. (Oct 2007)
  • Privatization puts retirement at whim of stock market. (Sep 2007)
  • Stop any efforts to privatize Social Security. (Aug 2007)
  • No privatization; but consider earning cap over $97,500. (Jul 2007)
  • Stock market risk is ok, but not for Social Security. (Oct 2006)
  • Raise the cap on the payroll tax on wealthy individuals. (Jan 2006)
  • $2000 tax credit for Working Families Savings Accounts. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
Sarah Palin on Social Security
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
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  • Sacrifice now to keep system for the future. (Oct 2010)
  • Fund the Seniors Longevity Bonus Program. (Nov 2006)
  • Home-based assistance more cost-effective than institutions. (Nov 2006)
Deval Patrick on Social Security
Democrat
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    No stance on record.
Rand Paul on Social Security
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  • Raise the retirement age to deal with Baby Boomers. (Feb 2011)
  • Raise retirement age gradually; allow opting out. (Feb 2011)
  • I've never challenged constitutionality of Social Security. (Oct 2010)
  • Raise the retirement age for people under age 55. (Oct 2010)
  • Social Security is a Ponzi scheme. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports private retirement accounts. (Aug 2010)
Rick Perry on Social Security
Republican Governor (TX)
Click here for 13 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • Pledge to older workers; transform program for younger ones. (Nov 2011)
  • Solemn oath to people approaching Social Security age. (Sep 2011)
  • Let state employees opt out of Social Security. (Sep 2011)
  • Slam-dunk guarantee to preserve Social Security for elders. (Sep 2011)
  • Social Security was unconstitutional, but don't take it away. (Sep 2011)
  • We need conversation about Social Security run by states. (Sep 2011)
  • It's a monstrous lie that young people will get benefits. (Sep 2011)
  • Cannot keep the Social Security status quo. (Sep 2011)
  • FactCheck: Softened "fraud" rhetoric in current campaign. (Sep 2011)
  • We are fed up with system teetering on bankruptcy. (Nov 2010)
  • New Deal inventions violently toss aside federalism. (Nov 2010)
  • Trust Fund is an unsustainable Ponzi scheme. (Nov 2010)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Rob Portman on Social Security
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (OH-2)
Click here for 7 full quotes by Rob Portman OR click here for Rob Portman on other issues.
  • Bush's proposal was sound, but I'm not for privatization. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
  • Supported pension reform and tax credits for long-term care. (Jul 1999)
Condoleezza Rice on Social Security
Secretary of State
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    No stance on record.
Mitt Romney on Social Security
Former Republican Governor (MA); presidential nominee-apparent
Click here for 15 full quotes by Mitt Romney OR click here for Mitt Romney on other issues.
  • Version 2.0: Lower benefit rate for wealthy. (Jan 2012)
  • 1-year payroll tax cut is a band-aid; make permanent changes. (Oct 2011)
  • System is federal responsibility, not state governments. (Sep 2011)
  • Congress taking money from Trust Fund is criminal. (Sep 2011)
  • Keep Social Security as an essential federal program. (Sep 2011)
  • Funding for Social Security is not working, but system works. (Sep 2011)
  • So-called "Trust Fund" has defrauded American people. (Mar 2010)
  • Add individual retirement accounts as option. (Mar 2010)
  • Rein in the excessive growth in entitlement programs. (Jan 2008)
  • Will try to fix Social Security without raising taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • No FICA for workers over age 65, so they can stay working. (Jan 2008)
  • Favors private accounts; prepared to be entirely bold. (Oct 2007)
  • Private accounts work better than extending retirement age. (Oct 2007)
  • Reform entitlements by negotiating behind closed doors. (Aug 2006)
  • Honor expectations of recipients, but take action for future. (Aug 2006)
Marco Rubio on Social Security
Click here for 6 full quotes by Marco Rubio OR click here for Marco Rubio on other issues.
  • Benefits have to be less generous to save Social Security. (Jun 2012)
  • Raise retirement age for those now under 55. (Apr 2010)
  • Tough choices include raising retirement age & reducing COLA. (Mar 2010)
  • Hard choices for people under 40, to avoid runaway growth. (Mar 2010)
  • Keep raising the retirement age on the table. (Mar 2010)
  • Keep cost-of-living adjustment on the table. (Mar 2010)
Paul Ryan on Social Security
Republican nominee for Vice President; U.S. Rep. (WI-1)
Click here for 13 full quotes by Paul Ryan OR click here for Paul Ryan on other issues.
  • Voluntary privatization for younger workers. (Oct 2012)
  • Give millions a chance to prosper in investor class. (Aug 2012)
  • Enthusiastically promoted Bush's semi-privatization scheme. (Apr 2012)
  • Current policy is raid, ration, raise taxes, & deny problem. (Apr 2012)
  • Only younger members in Congress support reform. (Nov 2010)
  • Invest 1/3 of payroll tax in personal savings account. (Sep 2010)
  • Comprehensive model to restructure retirement accounts. (May 2010)
  • Road Map: invest 5.1% income into personal account. (Jul 2009)
  • Proposed bill to invest 50% of FICA in personal accounts. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rick Santorum on Social Security
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 14 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • Means testing: reduce benefits for wealthy seniors. (Jan 2012)
  • 1994: Proposed raising retirement age, despite unpopularity. (Sep 2011)
  • Supports privatization if voluntary. (Sep 2006)
  • Switched from raising retirement age to personal accounts. (Sep 2006)
  • Guaranteed benefit if over 50; personal account if younger. (Sep 2006)
  • No privatization; but voluntary personal retirement accounts. (Sep 2003)
  • Raise retirement age? Maybe. Private investment? Yes. (May 2000)
  • Social Security needs reform sooner rather than later. (May 2000)
  • Let's grow the pie using private market system. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Donald Trump on Social Security
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 6 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • Cannot change Medicare or Soc.Sec. and still win elections. (Mar 2013)
  • Social Security isn't an "entitlement"; it's honoring a deal. (Dec 2011)
  • Disability Racket: $25B in fraudulent disability filings. (Dec 2011)
  • Pay off debt; put $3T interest savings into Trust Fund. (Jul 2000)
  • Let people invest their own retirement funds. (Jul 2000)
  • No government investment of retirement funds. (Jul 2000)
Jesse Ventura on Social Security
Former Independent MN Governor
Click here for the full quote by Jesse Ventura OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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