Campaign 2010

Sep 16, 2010

Even FOX News Can’t Get a Straight Answer from Sean Duffy on his Support for Privatizing Social Secu

Even FOX News Can’t Get a Straight Answer from Sean Duffy on his Support for Privatizing Social Security  

Another voice joined the chorus of criticism over Sean Duffy’s attempts to backpedal from his support for privatizing Social Security: FOX News. In an interview today on Fox, Duffy spent several minutes trying to dodge, evade, and otherwise fast-talk his way around giving a straight answer on his support for Congressman Paul Ryan’s Roadmap to privatize Social Security and end Medicare as we know it – but even Fox was having none of it.

“If FOX News isn’t even buying Sean Duffy’s shameless attempts to backpedal from his dangerous support for gambling Social Security benefits on Wall Street, good luck trying to sell it to Wisconsin’s seniors,” said Gabby Adler, Midwestern Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Sean Duffy needs to stop trying to pull a fast one on Wisconsin Seniors and just be honest about his plan to privatize Social Security and end Medicare as we know it.”

Background 

Duffy Continues to Dodge Questions on His Support for the Privatization of Social Security

  • In an interview today with FOX News’ Neil Cavuto, Duffy continued to dodge questions about his support for privatizing Social Security.  Duffy was asked repeatedly by Cavuto what his true position is on the privatization of Social Security, but frustrated the FOX News host with his desperate attempts to hide his real position. After several minutes of trying to get a straight answer out of Duffy, Cavuto finally gave up and ended the interview. [Fox News, 9/16/10]

CAVUTO: “But what are you doing, Sean? This I didn’t understand…Which would include what, Sean?...Would you take some of it?...Yeah, yeah, I know you’re afraid that someone’s gonna boomerang what you say here but…Are you open to any of the above?...I just gave you two…Are you open to the kind of things that these plans address and that is potentially raising the retirement age or bringing in younger workers at a later age down the road?..”

Sean Duffy Has Endorsed Congressman Paul Ryan’s Extreme Budget Roadmap On Multiple Occasions:

  • On Mike Gousha’s Upfront show in May, Duffy again endorsed Paul Ryan’s “Roadmap for America.”  When asked what he would do to address Medicare and Social Security costs, Duffy said, “I think Paul Ryan has some very good ideas in his Roadmap for America.”  Duffy went on to say, “Social Security, um, people [who] are 55 and older are looking for that in their retirement, but folks that are in their early 50s, 40s, in the late 30s like me, we realize that that system’s not going to be there for us when we get to the age of retirement.” [Upfront with Mike Gousha, 5/23/10]
  • Most recently, Sean Duffy attended a fundraiser with Congressman Paul Ryan on Monday, August 30, 2010 where Duffy again endorsed the “Roadmap for America” saying, “I’m running for Congress.  We need to pick up 39 seats in the U.S. House to take away Nancy Pelosi’s gavel...if we do that, we make Congressman Ryan a Chairman.  We’re going to start talking about his roadmap for America, getting America back on track and actually being a backstop to President Obama and Harry Reid, should he win, in the Senate.”  [YouTube, accessed 9/1/10]

Congressman Paul Ryan’s Budget Would Privatize Social Security By Establishing Private Accounts:

  • According to CBO Analysis, under the Ryan Budget:

Traditional retirement benefits would be reduced below those scheduled under current law for many workers who are age 55 or younger in 2011... A system of individual accounts would be established in 2012. In that year, workers who are age 55 or younger would be able to participate in voluntary individual accounts, funded with a portion of their payroll taxes. [Congressional Budget Office, 1/27/10]

  • Ezra Klein of The Washington Post explains the implications Ryan's budget alternative would have on Social Security:

“Social Security gets guaranteed, private accounts that CBO says will actually cost more than the present arrangement, further underscoring how ancillary the program is to our budget problem.” [Washington Post, 2/1/10]