“I have a message for the people of Arizona, I will protect Social Security and Medicare, period,” -Sen. Mark Kelly renews his promise

Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly tells Arizonans Social Security won’t be hit, in response to GOP opponent Blake Master’s boast of ‘privatizing’ Social Security

The unpopular idea of ​​privatizing Social Security is not a new “sell-out” by Republicans who have tried, unsuccessfully, to peddle the plan in the United States.

But for the millions of people who have paid into the system all their lives and expect their funds to be there when they become eligible, this kind of Republican hype for a private investment and social security plan relying on the stock market and other investment strategies has never been accepted, nor particularly appreciated.

Even former President George Bush abandoned the notion of privatization and private investment, and after AARP, the nation’s largest senior retirement lobby, waged a massive public relations campaign against the plan. Bush’s Social Security Plan, Dead Set Against Bush’s Social Security Plan.

Now, in the race for the U.S. Senate from Arizona…enter Blake Masters.

A Trump-backed venture capitalist whose campaign is being funded by right-wing investor Peter Theil—Masters has surfaced as the GOP nominee to take on incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Kelly.

Masters reportedly told a Freedom Works advocacy group event,

“We need new and innovative thinking, maybe we should privatize social security, right?”

Probably not so “fair” for millions of seniors who depend on Social Security for much of their living expenses.

And Arizona’s seniors top the list of retirees over 60, and the loss of guaranteed income would be devastating for those whose 90% of income comes from their Social Security benefits.

Outgoing Senator Mark Kelly clarifies that touching Social Security is not an option.

The Kelly campaign is committed to delivering this particular message to seniors who fear, once again, the GOP’s “privatization” rhetoric.

“I have a message for the people of Arizona: I will protect Social Security and Medicare. Period,” Kelly said on her campaign website and repeatedly at recent campaign events.

The U.S. Senate race in Arizona is key to knowing which party controls the Senate. The country is currently split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans.

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