New CNN Poll: Social Security needs changes, but it's not a failure
September 13th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
3 years ago

New CNN Poll: Social Security needs changes, but it's not a failure

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Most Americans believe the Social Security system needs major changes but they disagree with the characterization of Social Security as a lie and a failure, according to a new national survey.

And a CNN/ORC International poll released just a few hours after Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney clashed over Social Security at the first-ever CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential debate also indicates that Americans are divided more on generational lines than partisan lines when it comes to the longtime government program for retirees.
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Biden discounts Perry's 'Ponzi scheme' remark on Social Security
September 12th, 2011
11:27 AM ET
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Biden discounts Perry's 'Ponzi scheme' remark on Social Security

(CNN) - Responding to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's labeling of Social Security as a "Ponzi scheme," Vice President Joe Biden said in a CNN interview the governor needed to check his facts.

"He should go back and find out who Ponzi was," Biden told CNN's John King in an exclusive interview to air Monday night. "It was an individual in a different deal, but no it's not a Ponzi scheme. It is secure through 2036 and to fix is not hard."
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Rick Perry • Social Security • TV-John King U.S.A.
Lots at stake in first-of-its-kind tea party presidential debate
September 11th, 2011
11:28 PM ET
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Lots at stake in first-of-its-kind tea party presidential debate

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – A battle over Social Security between the top two contenders in the race for the GOP nomination that started at last week's presidential debate doesn't show any signs of quieting down, and a first ever CNN/Tea Party Republican debate Monday night in Florida could serve as the setting for round two in the clash.

And the debate, being held at the Florida State Fairgrounds, will give the six other candidates on the stage an opportunity to change the dynamics of what many are currently portraying as a two-person race between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

On Monday, Sept. 12th, CNN will broadcast the "Tea Party Republican Debate," live from Tampa, Florida at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on CNNPolitics.com and @cnnpolitics on Twitter

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Bachmann lauds seniors' 'safety net'
September 9th, 2011
07:21 PM ET
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Bachmann lauds seniors' 'safety net'

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, defended Social Security on Friday, continuing what has become a steady drumbeat of Republican presidential hopefuls differentiating themselves from Texas Gov. Rick Perry's position on the program.

In an interview with CNN's John King, Bachmann characterized the program as "a safety net that many Americans have paid into their whole life."
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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Rick Perry • Social Security • TV-John King U.S.A.
Rick Perry's love/hate relationship with Social Security
August 30th, 2011
10:57 AM ET
3 years ago

Rick Perry's love/hate relationship with Social Security

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – Rick Perry is not a fan of Social Security - or is he?

The Texas governor and 2012 presidential candidate wrote in his 2010 book "Fed Up!" that the program is a "crumbling monument to the failure of the New Deal" that has been wrongly assigned a "mythical notion of salvation."

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Social Security
Debt ceiling impasse imperils safety net programs
US Treasury prints Social Security checks July 18.
July 23rd, 2011
04:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Debt ceiling impasse imperils safety net programs

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Social Security payments aren't the only federal lifeline that could grind to a halt if the debt ceiling impasse continues beyond Aug. 2.

The federal government supports myriad safety net programs, such as unemployment insurance, tuition grants, food stamps, child care subsidies and housing assistance. That's not to mention the nation's massive health insurance programs: Medicare and Medicaid.

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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Medicaid • Medicare • Social Security
Criticism from the left for 'Gang of Six'
Congressional caucuses discuss debt ceiling and news conference.
July 20th, 2011
08:14 PM ET
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Criticism from the left for 'Gang of Six'

Washington (CNN) – A day after the so-called "Gang of Six" released its deficit reduction plan, criticism from the left began to grow.

"We are an anti-gang group," quipped Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, at a news conference on Wednesday. "We are trying to suppress the growth of gangs. We think that it is not healthy for Washington."
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Filed under: Congressional Black Caucus • Debt • Deficit • Medicare • Social Security
Obama: Social Security checks 'not guaranteed'
July 12th, 2011
02:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama: Social Security checks 'not guaranteed'

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – President Obama issued a broadside Tuesday in the debt ceiling debate, saying in a high-profile interview that he cannot ensure government benefits - including Social Security - will be paid if Congress fails to act.

"I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it," Obama told CBS News.

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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • President Obama • Social Security
House Democrats: No dice on Medicare, Social Security cuts
July 8th, 2011
09:23 PM ET
2 years ago

House Democrats: No dice on Medicare, Social Security cuts

Washington (CNN) - Congressional Democrats, frustrated that President Obama is including entitlement changes in debt negotiations, pushed back Friday, insisting they will not support any benefit cuts to Medicare or Social Security.

They also reminded the White House it should heed their concerns if it wants to get Democratic votes necessary to pass any agreement.
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Filed under: Debt • House Democrats • Medicare • Social Security
Democrats, GOP at odds over new Medicare, Social Security warning
May 13th, 2011
04:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Democrats, GOP at odds over new Medicare, Social Security warning

Washington (CNN) - Social Security and Medicare will run short of funds earlier than expected, according a report released Friday by the programs' trustees.

What's the significance? Your answer, at least in the halls of Congress, apparently depends on your party affiliation.

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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • Medicare • Republicans • Social Security
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