Video: Rubio camp says Crist ‘blatantly lying’ about Social Securityby George Bennett | October 10th, 2010
Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio says he favors no changes to Social Security for current recipients or for those 55 and older and approaching retirement. But to improve the program’s long-term solvency, Rubio says he’s open to eventually raising the retirement age and changing the way annual benefit increases are calculated for those who are now younger than 55.
So the Rubio camp says indie rival Charlie Crist is “blatantly lying” in this video shot today at a senior center in Ocala when he tells retirees that Rubio wants to cut “your” benefits.
Read the Crist campaign’s explanation after the jump….
Crist spokesman Danny Kanner says Crist’s accusation is fair because Rubio has changed his position on optional private accounts for Social Security (something Crist has also shifted on since his 1998 Senate run) and because Rubio is close to the tea party movement.
Here’s Kanner’s statement:
“Marco Rubio’s stated support for the privatization of Social Security could undoubtedly lead to benefit cuts for current recipients. His flip flop from privatization to ‘just’ cutting benefits and raising the retirement age is simply not believable given his close embrace of the extreme Tea Party fringe that routinely bashes successful programs like Social Security as big government socialism. Charlie Crist is the only candidate for U.S. Senate 100 percent committed to protecting and preserving Social Security as we know it.”