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Would Rubio raise retirement age for Social Security?



A liberal advocacy group is out to make Social Security an issue in Florida’s heated U.S. Senate race.

Americans United for Change is vowing to pressure U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio into signing a pledge to “renounce his support for raising the retirement age” for Social Security.

Rubio makes clear on his website that he is not in favor of changing the retirement age for current Social Security recipients or those “near retirement.” But he states that he favors “Gradually increasing the retirement age to keep up with changes in life expectancy.”

In a piece published by the National Review last year, Rubio called for changing Social Security's retirement age only for people under 55 years of age.

“If Senator Rubio refuses to sign this pledge against benefits cuts and privatization, he will be hounded to explain why wherever he goes,” said Alison Morano, state director for Americans United for Change’s new Social Security campaign called “Hands off my Social Security!”.

Rubio’s campaign fired back saying the group is distorting Rubio’s positions on Social Security in a bid to help Democrat Patrick Murphy.

“Marco's own mother relies on Social Security as her sole source of income,” said Rubio campaign spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas. “Marco would never do anything to hurt his mother or the millions of Florida seniors who depend on Social Security and Medicare, and he'll continue to fight to strengthen the programs for future generations."

[Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2016 11:58am]


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