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stated on March 11, 2020 in a television ad attacking Joe Biden
Says Joe Biden "has advocated cutting Social Security for 40 years"
stated on December 27, 2019 in a Facebook post
“The Social Security check is now (or soon will be) referred to as a ‘Federal Benefit Payment.’”
stated on February 15, 2020 in a speech in Las Vegas
Says Mike Bloomberg “opposed modest proposals during Barack Obama’s presidency to raise taxes on the wealthy, while advocating for cuts to Medicare and Social Security.”
stated on July 13, 2018 in a Facebook post
Says the Democratic Party "took Social Security from the independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the general fund so that Congress could spend it" and "eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding."
stated on January 7, 2020 in newsletter from the Bernie Sanders campaign
"In 2018, Biden lauded Paul Ryan for proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare."
stated on December 2, 2019 in a Facebook post
"Congress rejects $336 (per) month increase in" Social Security and disability benefits "but approves $8,872 (per) month increase for themselves."
stated on December 23, 2019 in a Facebook post
Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar vowed "to remove senior’s ‘entitlements,’ Social Security/Medicare."
stated on October 9, 2019 in a Facebook post
Says Nancy Pelosi diverted "$2.4 billion from Social Security to cover impeachment costs."
stated on May 28, 2019 in a press release
"It’s estimated that in 2018 alone, dead people received $1 billion in benefits from Medicare, Medicaid, social security payments, and federal pensions."
stated on May 31, 2019 in a Facebook post
Says presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said, "Social Security must (be) expanded to illegal immigration, it’s their right."
National Republican Congressional Committee
stated on October 30, 2018 in a TV ad
Says Maine Democrat Jared Golden "supports using your Social Security to fund other government programs."
stated on October 10, 2018 in a debate
"Mark Harris has said he would cut Social Security and Medicare."
Maine Democratic Party
stated on October 5, 2018 in a campaign mailer
Say Maine U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin "voted to gut your retirement benefits."
stated on September 25, 2018 in a campaign ad
Says Ohio U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson backs a "massive tax giveaway" for corporations "by slashing Medicare and Social Security."
stated on September 5, 2018 in an exchange with reporters
"We’re making (Medicare) stronger. We’re making Social Security stronger."
stated on August 13, 2018 in a campaign endorsement event
Says Sen. Dean Heller "wants to cut programs like Social Security and Medicare to pay for tax cuts for his ultra-wealthy donors."
stated on July 30, 2018 in in a campaign ad
Says Bill Nelson "doesn’t pay payroll taxes for his employees. He doesn’t even provide them with health benefits. It’s stealing money from Medicare and Social Security."
stated on June 11, 2018 in campaign website
Says she is "the only candidate for Senate who refuses to cut Medicare and Social Security or raise the retirement age."
stated on July 17, 2018 in a TV ad
"Congressman DeSantis voted to cut Social Security and Medicare" and "voted to increase the retirement age."
Senate Majority PAC
stated on June 8, 2018 in campaign ad
Says Kevin Cramer wants to cut Social Security and Medicare to pay for tax cuts.
Fact-checking the Joe Biden-Bernie Sanders face-off: Long records, ample attacks
By Louis Jacobson • March 12, 2020
Ad Watch: Joe Biden’s ad about Bernie Sanders’ attack on Social Security
By Amy Sherman • March 10, 2020