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Sunday, May 19th, 2013
Letter Emailed to Bill Keating Supporters by Campaign Chair Phil Johnston
Special interest groups aligned with Wall Street and the GOP recently started a propaganda campaign to raise the Social Security retirement age and cut the benefits of millions of Americans. Sadly, our Democratic opponent joined all of our Republican opponents in an ill-conceived plan to raise the Social Security retirement age -- a move that would put the benefits of millions of people in peril.
As Bill Keating said earlier today, "It was a bad idea when President Bush tried to privatize Social Security and talked about raising the retirement age, and it is even a worse idea now."
Based on our opponent's position on critical issues, including his stance to raise the retirement age, it has become increasingly clear that we need a Democrat like Bill Keating to represent us in Washington. If elected to Congress, Bill Keating will fight to make sure that Americans don't lose the benefits they've worked so hard for and their retirement age is not raised.
Just yesterday, a coalition that is made up of over 60 national organizations, "Strengthen Social Security…Don't cut it", representing over 30 million Americans, launched a drive to fight against cuts to Social Security. Unlike our GOP and Democratic opponents who are taking positions backed by groups aligned with Wall Street, we will fight work against efforts to cut Social Security.
Social Security has been one of the most successful social programs and one of the best anti-poverty programs in our nation's history. Millions of seniors around the country rely on Social Security benefits to make ends meet and even more Americans have been planning their retirements under the assumption that we would fulfill our promise to them.
As Democrats, we must stand up for issues like Social Security. We have a major policy difference with Republicans who want to raise the retirement age or cut benefits, and on this issue we're drawing a line in the sand. With your help, we'll be successful.
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