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Stacey Abrams on Social Security
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
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  • We must help our most vulnerable citizens. (Aug 2017)
Justin Amash on Social Security
Independent MI Rep; possible Presidential Challenger
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  • Rated 20% by ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues. (Jan 2013)
Michael Bennet on Social Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CO Senator
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  • Eliminate income cap for payroll taxes. (Oct 2016)
  • Optional personal retirement accounts ARE privatization. (Jul 2010)
  • Preserve the integrity of entitlement programs. (Jul 2009)
  • Strongly opposes privatizing or reducing benefits. (Jul 2009)
  • Opposes private retirement accounts. (Aug 2010)
  • Rated 90% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Joe Biden on Social Security
Former Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 9 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • Freeze entitlements; don't favor special interests. (Aug 2018)
  • Where would elderly be now if funds were in stock market? (Oct 2012)
  • Raise the $97,500 cap, but donít raise retirement age. (Sep 2007)
  • Prevent senior fraud by educating seniors about caution. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Rated 89% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Mike Bloomberg on Social Security
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
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  • Don't kick the can down the road with retirement funding. (Dec 2017)
  • To reduce the deficit we must cut entitlements. (Mar 2013)
Cory Booker on Social Security
Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator
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  • Raise the cap on Social Security taxes to fund system. (Mar 2019)
  • COLA adjustments needed for retirement plans. (Apr 2017)
  • Once supported raising retirement age; now opposes it. (Apr 2017)
  • Opposes raising the retirement age for several decades. (Aug 2014)
  • Don't raise retirement age, except maybe for young workers. (Aug 2013)
  • Opposes raising retirement age; expand entitlements. (Aug 2013)
Steve Bullock on Social Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger; MT Governor
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  • Tax cut would have benefitted high-income seniors. (May 2019)
  • Vetoed state tax exemption for Social Security income. (Apr 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Social Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor
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    No stance on record.
Julian Castro on Social Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger; former HUD Secretary
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    No stance on record.
Hillary Clinton on Social Security
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 23 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • Replenish the Trust Fund by raising the cap. (Oct 2016)
  • Raising retirement age off the table; laborers need it at 65. (Feb 2016)
  • Expand Social Security for most vulnerable first. (Feb 2016)
  • Enhance benefits for poorest recipients. (Oct 2015)
  • Privatization off the table; but maybe payroll cap increase. (Aug 2014)
  • No lifting cap on payroll tax; that taxes middle class. (Apr 2008)
  • Bipartisan commission, like in 1983, to address crisis. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, removing $97,500 cap affects middle-class. (Nov 2007)
  • Have a bipartisan commission on Social Security and its tax. (Oct 2007)
  • 1997: Hillary warned against privatizing Social Security. (Oct 2007)
  • $1000 matching tax credit for first $1000 in 401(k) deposit. (Oct 2007)
  • Solvent until 2055 under Bill Clinton; now has lost 14 years. (Sep 2007)
  • Nothing else on table until fiscal responsibility returns. (Sep 2007)
  • Make sure nobody ever tries to privatize Social Security. (Aug 2007)
  • Soc.Sec. one of greatest inventions in American democracy. (Oct 2006)
  • Social Security protects families, not just retirees. (Feb 1999)
  • All should join the debate now to preserve future solvency. (Feb 1999)
  • Respect unique power of government to meet social needs. (Sep 1996)
  • Elderly poor are hit hardest by delays in COLA increases. (Jun 1994)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: No, teachers & police wonít pay if cap over $102K. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Bill de Blasio on Social Security
NYC Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger
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    No stance on record.
John Delaney on Social Security
Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MD-6
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  • Social insurance programs have cut senior poverty by 50%. (May 2018)
  • Don't cut or privatize program that has been so successful. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes personal retirement accounts. (Sep 2012)
  • Rated 90% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Tulsi Gabbard on Social Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger; HI Rep.
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  • No budget cuts to Medicare and Social Security. (Nov 2012)
  • Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Social Security
Democratic Senator (NY)
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  • Against privatization. (Nov 2006)
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
  • Opposes private retirement accounts. (Aug 2010)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
  • Rated 92% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Mike Gravel on Social Security
Libertarian for President; Former Dem. Senator (AK); withdrew from Presidential primary July 2019
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  • Put real money in the Trust Fund & invest it properly. (Dec 2006)
  • Let beneficiaries leave surplus funds to heirs. (Apr 2006)
Kamala Harris on Social Security
Democratic candidate for President; California Senator
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  • Oppose entitlement cuts; strengthen these safety nets. (Aug 2016)
Howie Hawkins on Social Security
Green Challenger
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  • Universal Social Security via Basic Income Grants. (Nov 2006)
John Hickenlooper on Social Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrew, Aug. 2019); CO Governor
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  • Update constitutional barriers in state's retirement program. (Jan 2012)
Larry Hogan on Social Security
Republican Maryland Governor
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  • Eliminate all taxes on retirement income. (Feb 2017)
Jay Inslee on Social Security
Democratic WA Governor; Former Rep/ (WA-1); withdrew from Presidential primary Aug. 2019
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  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 96% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
John Kasich on Social Security
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 & 2016 candidate for President
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  • Deal with all entitlements or we'll drown in debt. (Aug 2017)
  • Fix Social Security: keep the promise. (Apr 2017)
  • Fix Social Security by lowering benefits. (Oct 2015)
  • More 18-year-olds believe in UFOs than in getting Soc.Sec. (May 2006)
  • Personal Retirement Savings Accounts invest 2% privately. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Amy Klobuchar on Social Security
DFL Sr Senator (MN)
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  • Proposed new retirement accounts for those without. (Apr 2019)
  • Address national debt without cutting entitlements. (Feb 2019)
  • No raising retirement age; no cost of living increase. (Oct 2006)
  • Presidentís privatization scheme puts us at risk. (Jan 2006)
  • Raise cap from $90,000 for paying in. (Jan 2006)
  • Privatization is a risky scheme. (Jan 2006)
  • Make Social Security more secure for the long term. (Jan 2006)
  • Incentives for private retirement options. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Rated 99% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Wayne Messam on Social Security
FL Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger
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    No stance on record.
Seth Moulton on Social Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger; MA Rep.
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  • Eliminate the payroll tax cap to cover most of funding gap. (Sep 2014)
  • Opposes personal retirement accounts, rated by Faith2Action. (Jul 2014)
  • Opposes personal retirement accounts, according to PVS rating. (Sep 2014)
Beto O`Rourke on Social Security
Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee
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  • 2012: Protect retirees, but make changes for the future. (Mar 2019)
  • 2012: Maybe raise age; 2019: Against raising age. (Mar 2019)
  • 2012: raise retirement age; apply means-testing. (Mar 2019)
  • Opposes personal retirement accounts. (Sep 2012)
  • Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Barack Obama on Social Security
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 22 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • MyRA: new savings bond for retirement. (Jan 2014)
  • No new promises we can't keep; but keep promises we've made. (Feb 2013)
  • Entitlements don't make us takers; they free us to take risk. (Jan 2013)
  • Tweak Social Security like Reagan did, but keep entitlements. (Oct 2012)
  • OpEd: Eliminating FICA ceiling means rich won't spend. (Apr 2010)
  • Good health care and tax reform will save entitlements. (Oct 2008)
  • 2007: Raise income cap to avoid future shortfall. (Aug 2008)
  • What do we do with the losers of privatizing? (Jul 2008)
  • Raise cap on payroll tax for 3% of earners over $102,000. (Apr 2008)
  • Raise $97K cap on payroll tax exempting earnings under $250K. (Apr 2008)
  • Must capture new revenue; no new Social Security Commission. (Apr 2008)
  • Stop any efforts to privatize Social Security. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Removing $97,500 cap would be $1.3T tax increase. (Nov 2007)
  • Cutting benefits & raising retirement age are wrong answers. (Nov 2007)
  • The wealthy should pay a bit more on the payroll tax. (Oct 2007)
  • Privatization puts retirement at whim of stock market. (Sep 2007)
  • Stop any efforts to privatize Social Security. (Aug 2007)
  • No privatization; but consider earning cap over $97,500. (Jul 2007)
  • Stock market risk is ok, but not for Social Security. (Oct 2006)
  • Raise the cap on the payroll tax on wealthy individuals. (Jan 2006)
  • $2000 tax credit for Working Families Savings Accounts. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
Mike Pence on Social Security
Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)
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  • We're going to meet our obligations to our seniors. (Oct 2016)
  • We will keep promises to seniors. (Oct 2016)
  • Personal investment for Social Security retirement. (Jul 2016)
  • Cutting Social Security should be on the table. (Apr 2014)
  • Social Security is a covenant but needs commonsense reforms. (Jan 2012)
  • Reform Social Security to ensure its solvency. (Sep 2010)
  • Down-the-road raising of the Social Security retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Rated 22% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Tim Ryan on Social Security
Democratic Representative (OH-17)
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  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
  • Rated 96% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Bernie Sanders on Social Security
Democratic primary challenger; Independent VT Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 24 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • I helped create the Social Security Caucus. (Nov 2016)
  • We have to do better on both SSDI and elder poverty. (Nov 2016)
  • Lift cap on wealthy: at $250,000 program lasts 58 years. (Feb 2016)
  • Criminal to not have COLA increases for seniors. (Oct 2015)
  • Defend against chained CPI, and expand Social Security. (Oct 2015)
  • No cuts; no privatization; even to deal with deficit. (Sep 2015)
  • Raise the Social Security cap on taxable income. (Aug 2015)
  • Strengthen the social safety net, instead of weakening it. (Mar 2015)
  • We must strengthen the social safety net, not weaken it. (Jan 2015)
  • Chairman of the Defend Social Security Caucus. (Jun 2012)
  • Payroll tax holiday diverts revenue from Trust Fund. (Dec 2010)
  • Most successful Federal program in history of our country. (Dec 2010)
  • Despite GOP rhetoric, Social Security is NOT going bankrupt. (Sep 2006)
  • It's regressive to increase taxable Social Security income. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
  • Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Mark Sanford on Social Security
Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1)
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  • Off-budget accounting undermines trust in government. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Sponsored bill for personal retirement accounts in Soc.Sec. (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 0% by ARA, indicating a pro-privatization stance. (Jan 2013)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Howard Schultz on Social Security
Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President until July 2019
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    No stance on record.
Joe Sestak on Social Security
Democratic Senate Challenger; former Navy Admiral
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  • Protect Medicare, Social Security, and Consumer Finance. (Jun 2019)
  • Never supported policy to cut Social Security or Medicare. (Apr 2016)
  • Never raise, never, the age for our seniors to retire. (Apr 2016)
  • Social Security is the cornerstone of retirement security. (Oct 2010)
  • Co-sponsored the Social Security Fairness Act. (Aug 2010)
  • Oppose privatization; would have lost income in recession. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes private retirement accounts. (Aug 2010)
Tom Steyer on Social Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO
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    No stance on record.
Eric Swalwell on Social Security
Withdrawn Democratic Presidential Challenger; CA Rep
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  • Wants more payroll tax to keep Social Security solvent. (May 2019)
  • Raise cap on payroll tax so wealthy pay more. (Apr 2019)
  • Ensure our successful government programs for long-term. (Nov 2012)
  • Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Donald Trump on Social Security
2016 Republican nominee for President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
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  • FactCheck: Yes, "privatization would be good for all of us". (Oct 2016)
  • I will save Social Security with more jobs, less waste. (Feb 2016)
  • I'll give up my Social Security; leave it to each person. (Sep 2015)
  • Cannot change Medicare or Soc.Sec. and still win elections. (Mar 2013)
  • Social Security isn't an "entitlement"; it's honoring a deal. (Dec 2011)
  • Disability Racket: $25B in fraudulent disability filings. (Dec 2011)
  • Pay off debt; put $3T interest savings into Trust Fund. (Jul 2000)
  • Let people invest their own retirement funds. (Jul 2000)
  • No government investment of retirement funds. (Jul 2000)
Jesse Ventura on Social Security
Former Independent MN Governor
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  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Arvin Vohra on Social Security
Libertarian candidate for President; Libertarian Party Vice-Ch
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  • Supports privatizing Social Security. (Mar 2018)
  • Wants to shut down the Social Security system. (Dec 2017)
Joe Walsh on Social Security
Republican presidential primary challenger (fotmer IL Rep.)
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  • Individuals set aside portion of own income for retirement. (Feb 2010)
Elizabeth Warren on Social Security
Massachusetts Senator; head of CFPB
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  • System can be fixed if we have political will. (Apr 2019)
  • Retirement benefits are about our values, not about math. (Nov 2014)
  • Social Security & Medicare allow seniors dignity. (Sep 2012)
  • No unnecessary cuts or risky privatization schemes. (Jul 2012)
  • Modest changes will save Social Security, not privatization. (Apr 2012)
  • Opposes investing part of your payroll tax. (Oct 2012)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
  • Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Bill Weld on Social Security
Libertarian Party nominee for Vice President; former Republican Massachusetts Governor
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  • Will not abolish social security and receives it himself. (May 2016)
  • Just started receiving Social Security and likes it. (May 2016)
Marianne Williamson on Social Security
Author & Democratic Presidential Challenger
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  • Raise cap on income & we can avoid privatization. (Apr 2019)
Andrew Yang on Social Security
Democratic Presidential Challenger & Tech CEO
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  • Universal Basic Income recipients might lose other benefits. (Apr 2019)
  • Optional automatic tax-free retirement investment vehicle. (Mar 2019)
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