In the week since Mitch McConnell admitted his new effort to cut Medicare and Social Security, his threat to earned benefits has shown up in campaigns across the country, putting Republican Senate candidates on defense — again.
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Judy Woodruff: Mr. Hawley, the first question goes to you […] Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said this week that the main drivers of the deficit are entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare, which he said should be considered for cutbacks. Do you agree – here’s the question – do you agree with Leader McConnell that Social Security and Medicare are the leading drivers of the deficit and that they have to reformed, cut back in some way, in order to get the deficit under control?
Jacky Rosen: You know, I want to say what Senator Heller’s been working on – he talked about the tax bill – that tax bill added $1.8 trillion to the debt and they’re signaling now, Mitch McConnell, his friend Mitch McConnell, that they want to balance our budget on the backs of senior citizens through deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
Sherrod Brown: I hear Congressman Renacci continue to talk about the federal budget deficit. He said he was an architect of this tax bill that went to the wealthiest people in this country and caused stock buybacks to reward corporate executives, and gave a 50 percent off coupon to companies on their taxes, for companies that shut down in Columbus and move overseas, they save 50 percent of their tax. But that blew this huge hole in the federal budget deficit, and his leaders, leaders in Congress, want to close that budget deficit by cutting Medicare and Social Security. You give tax breaks to the richest people and then you stick it to hard working Americans that have paid into Social Security and Medicare their whole lives. I think it is bad economics and it’s just wrong wrong.
Moderator Jim Gardner: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is saying that because of the increasing deficit, it’s time to look at entitlements and possibly reducing Social Security and Medicare. You think that’s a good thing? You think that’s reasonable? You think that’s right?
Congressman Barletta: Yes.
Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare are vital to West Virginia. And in an interview on Saturday as he prepared for the annual Apple Harvest Parade, Manchin called McConnell’s comments “absolutely ridiculous” and said his Republican opponent, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, would vote to curtail benefits “in a heartbeat.” Manchin also dredged up Morrisey’s support during a 2000 congressional race in New Jersey for partially privatizing Social Security funds.
“He’ll be a yes man, 1,000 percent, whatever they ask him to do,” Manchin said of Morrisey and GOP leaders.
Moderator Mike Gousha: Senator McConnell said this past week, Senate Majority Leader, that again that we might have to take a look at, he says, entitlement programs, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. Do you agree with him? Do we have to make changes to those programs?
Leah Vukmir: So, Senator McConnell – that’s your version of what he said –
Gousha: Did he not say that?