State of Delaware Archives: on Social Security


James DeMartino: Promote individual responsibility for retirement

Q: How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

A: A new social security system must be devised and implemented for future generations. Current retirees and seniors relying on their social security benefits must not be impacted. This new system will require realistic funding projections, analysis and a visionary concept that does not rely solely, if at all, on a government run program funded with your tax dollars. The government needs to emphasize, support and promote individual responsibility for retirement. I will be a proponent for self reliance and financial independence of all individuals. This can be accomplished by reducing and eliminating the burden of government regulations and restrictions on your freedom.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Delaware Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Lauren Witzke: Benefits only to those who have paid into system

Q: How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

A: Cutting all welfare benefits to non-working Americans, and making sure only American citizens who have paid into social security are recipients.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Delaware Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Lisa Blunt Rochester: Fight any attempt to privatize Social Security and Medicare

Social Security/Medicare: "We have made a commitment to the generations before us to protect them and care for them as they've cared for us. Any politician who wants to turn our seniors' wellbeing over to Wall Street will have to go through me first." --Lisa Blunt Rochester

Before Social Security and Medicare, the single biggest cause of poverty in this country was getting old. We saw this problem, came together as a country, and created two of the most successful public programs of all time. Most Republicans in Washington want to gamble with our seniors' wellbeing by privatizing Social Security and cutting Medicare.

Source: 2016 Delaware House campaign website LisaBluntRochester.com Nov 8, 2016

Colin Bonini: Tax incentives to encourage payroll deduction savings

Q: AARP fights to put a secure retirement within reach for people who work hard and plan for their future. AARP is advocating for common-sense state solutions that would enable more workers to save for retirement at work. AARP supports the enactment of "Work and Save" plans for workers who do not have access to a retirement plan at work.

Colin Bonini: We MUST encourage savings. I'm so glad the AARP is bringing attention to this issue!!! I support creating tax incentives to encourage payroll deduction savings. I believe under-saving for retirement is a critical issue and I look forward to working with the AARP and others to address this issue! If there are good ideas in other states or organizations that increase savings, we should consider them!

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2016 Delaware gubernatorial race Oct 9, 2016

John Carney: Expect to work longer than our parents did before retiring

Q: AARP fights to put a secure retirement within reach for people who work hard and plan for their future. AARP is advocating for common-sense state solutions that would enable more workers to save for retirement at work. AARP supports the enactment of "Work and Save" plans for workers who do not have access to a retirement plan at work.

John Carney: As a baby boomer, I know we can expect to work for much longer than our parents did before retiring. As former Sec. of Finance, I understand the importance of saving throughout one's career. I helped revamp the state employee deferred compensation plan to enable more state employees to save for retirement. For future seniors to live comfortably in retirement, we need solutions to encourage long-term saving from an early age. While being sensitive to small businesses for whom offering a payroll deduction may be burdensome, I'd support measures to encourage employers to offer a retirement savings plan as an option.

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2016 Delaware gubernatorial race Oct 9, 2016

Chris Coons: Against privatizing Social Security

Q: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?

A: No.

Q: Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?

A: Yes.

Source: Delaware Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 25, 2010

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2020 Presidential contenders on Social Security:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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