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Beto O`Rourke on Social Security

Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee

 


2012: raise retirement age; apply means-testing

During his first run for Congress O'Rourke did a campaign video to tell people that "we'll have to look at future generations retiring at a later age, paying a greater percentage of their income into Social Security and making other necessary adjustments." And, the Wall Street Journal reports, "in a candidate questionnaire published two days before the May 2012 primary, Mr. O'Rourke called for raising the Social Security eligibility age and means-testing federal entitlements." After becoming a congressman, O'Rourke backtracked and, as Politico reports, "co-sponsored legislation that would increase Social Security benefits--without raising the retirement age."
Source: Common Dreams "Reinventing Beto," on 2020 Democratic primary , Mar 1, 2019

Opposes personal retirement accounts.

O`Rourke opposes the PVS survey question on privatization

Project Vote Smart infers candidate issue stances on key topics by summarizing public speeches and public statements. Congressional candidates are given the opportunity to respond in detail; about 11% did so in the 2012 races.

Project Vote Smart summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?'

Source: Project Vote Smart 12-PVS-q6 on Aug 30, 2012

Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance.

O`Rourke scores 100% Alliance for Retired Americans

Scoring system for 2014: Ranges from 0% (supports privatization and other market-based reforms) to 100% (supports keeping federal control over Trust Fund and Social Security system).

About ARA (from their website, www.RetiredAmericans.org):

The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nationwide organization, founded in May 2001, with now over 4.2 million members working together to make their voices heard in the laws, policies, politics, and institutions that shape our lives. The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.

Source: ARA lifetime rating on incumbents of 113th Congress 14_ARA on Jan 1, 2013

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