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Candidate Positions on Social Security

The following positions reflect those used for each candidate in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidates; public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."

Question: Do you favor privatizing Social Security to any degree?
Ed MatthewsEd Matthews ANSWER OPTION: Yes, I think we should allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: According to a VoteSmart.org Political Courage Test. (More Info)

Betty McCollumBetty McCollum ANSWER OPTION: This is not a gamble I am willing to take, and I oppose all attempts to privatize Social Security.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Social Security is one of the most successful social programs in the history of our nation -- providing security for millions of Americans for over seventy years. Recently, there have been proposals from the White House to radically transform Social Security from a guaranteed benefit into a private investment scheme. The President has been relentless in misleading the American people about Social Security's future with exaggerated rhetoric describing a "crisis" that does not exist to advance his agenda. (More Info)