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Romney's Florida hit men hit Perry on Social Security



Mitt Romney continues to mine Rick Perry's controversial stand on Social Security, and today got three Florida Republicans to join in the criticism. The attacks, which come a day before the GOP debate in Orlando, focus on a proposal to let states deal with the program. At least one Perry aide has said the proposal would apply to government employees, not everyone.

“Rick Perry has said that he wants Social Security to go back to the states," U.S. Rep. Connie Mack says in a statement released by Romney. "Given the challenging budgetary situation many states are already in, his plan could put retirees and near-retirees in an even more precarious position. Would states like Florida have to choose between honoring our promises to seniors and paying for education and public safety?”

Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-16): “Social Security is a contract the American people have made with the federal government. The federal government needs to honor this contract.”

State Senator John Thrasher (District 8): “We live in a mobile world. People are constantly moving from state to state. Does Rick Perry think it will be feasible for someone to expect to receive all their benefits when they have lived in many states over their lifetime?”

State Senator Anitere Flores (District 38): “Rick Perry is out of touch with the views of Floridians today. Dismantling Social Security would create uncertainty for our retirees and those near retirement. If Florida faces a budget shortfall, will seniors fail to receive the Social Security benefits they have earned?”

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 2:23pm]


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