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Candidate Positions on Social Security

Read the full responses from candidates below. “Answer option” is the choice given in the quiz, and “Candidate’s position” shows the candidate’s response to MPR News.

Question: Do you favor privatizing Social Security to any degree?
Dean BarkleyDean Barkley ANSWER OPTION: No

Norm ColemanNorm Coleman ANSWER OPTION: Yes
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Individuals ought to be allowed to invest in IRA's, but Social Security should not be completely privatized.

Al FrankenAl Franken ANSWER OPTION: No
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: In a written statement to MPR Franken said, "my wife's family survived because of Social Security survivor benefits, and I will go to the mat to protect Social Security from privatization. I think the Bush administration and its apologists have exaggerated concerns about solvency. But those concerns do exist, and I think we should look at raising the cap on income subject to FICA."