Crist: I’m the only candidate who’ll stand up for Social Securityby Dara Kam | September 28th, 2010
Who’s a flip-flopper now?
After weeks of taking heat from GOP opponent Marco Rubio (and Democrat candidate U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek) in his quest for the U.S. Senate, independent Gov. Charlie Crist said Rubio can’t seem to make up his mind where he stands on the issue.
Crist said the former House Speaker changed his stand “three or four times in the past four months” about privatizing Social Security.
“It’s hard to keep up. But obviously he’s all over the map as it relates to Social Security,” Crist told reporters this afternoon. “The seniors of our state deserve to have somebody who will protect and will preserve Social Security. I’m the only candidate in the race who is committed to doing so.”
Rubio once favored giving younger workers the option of investing some of their Social Security taxes in private accounts but now says the idea “doesn’t work.”
Crist’s taken heat for linking Social Security to immigration reform. He says giving illegal immigrants an “earned path to citizenship” would increase the number of workers paying into the system and improve its solvency.
Crist called Meek’s plan to have a commission study a revamp of Social Security problematic.
“Every time they flip it to a commission they raise the age of eligibility and they restructure how Social Security is distributed. Our seniors, I believe, deserve better than that,” Crist said.
He called the Social Security issue “enormously important” in the campaign in a state with so many senior citizens who rely upon the income to survive.
“It’s been a promise given to them. We need to honor the promise,” he said.
A reporter reminded Crist that he, too, at one point supported some privatization efforts.
Crist didn’t argue but dismissed his previous position.
“I think one percent like 12 years ago or something,” he said.