Reid testily refuses to answer questions on debt, social security
July 7th, 2011
12:26 PM ET
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Reid testily refuses to answer questions on debt, social security

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid testily declined to answer a CNN reporter's question Thursday about reports that President Obama is considering changes to Social Security as part of a large debt reduction deal - something Reid for months has passionately vowed to prevent.

"I'm going to the White House now, I'm not making any statement now," Reid said as he departed Capitol Hill for a key meeting on the debt with the president and a bipartisan group of congressional leaders.

When the reporter followed up, Reid cut him off. "Did you hear what I said? I'm not going to say anything," he said.

The Social Security issue is sensitive for Reid and many Democrats because they argue the program does not contribute to the deficit and therefore should not be part of any debt reduction deal.

Sources tell CNN that Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, are considering changes to Social Security in exchange for GOP concessions on tax increases - something most Republicans are reluctant to support.

Reid will not hold a press conference after the meeting either, his office said.

Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Maybe people that get big bonuses should pay social security AND taxes on that money. That and closing the other loopholes should get us out of debt faster.

    July 7, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Topgun2048

    OBAMA is a follower and not a leader. He is a nation builder but not OUR NATION, Reid and most of the Democrats are nothing more than has been's. The Republicans protect the RICH. Anyone with any sort of life form or intelligence knows that if you put Americans back to work the revenue will be there to pay it's bills. This is not rocket science. What a bunch of MORONS!

    July 7, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. MICK

    Obama is folding up. Social Security is about to be repealed. TODAY IS A GOOD DAY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
    Socialism has been proven wrong for America. Now the people can get back to living the way the founding fathers
    wanted to too. A free people without our hands out for alms from the federal government.

    Tea Party Member
    Wolf Creek Montana

    July 7, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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