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Alex Sink would cut Medicare funding, raise Social Security taxes?



UPDATE: The Sink campaign pushed back hard on the NRCC attack, calling it a "gross misrepresentation" to say she fully endorses Simpson Bowles. Based on an audio sent to Buzz, here is what Sink acutally said:  "My approach is we have got to bring down the trillion dollar deficits. They are not sustainable. The question is how do we go about doing it. I think we go back and at least dust off the Simpson-Bowles. I’m sure I’m not going to agree with everything that was in it, but it was a bipartisan group of people who said ‘this is one path forward.’ Let’s see which aspects of that we have agreement on...."


Highlighting her fiscal conservatism and concern about federal spending during a press conference with Republican supporters Wednesday, Democratic congressional candidate Alex Sink - whose allies falsely claim Republican David Jolly wants to privatize Social Security - sounded receptive to embracing the so-called Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan.

Republicans jumped on it: 

“Alex Sink supports a plan that raises the retirement age for Social Security recipients, raises social security taxes and cuts Medicare all while making it harder for Pinellas seniors to keep their doctors that they know and love," said National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Katie Prill. "Sending Alex Sink to Washington guarantees that seniors right here in Pinellas County are in jeopardy of losing the Social Security and Medicare benefits that they have earned and deserve.”


[Last modified: Thursday, February 20, 2014 3:31pm]


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