State of Ohio Archives: on Social Security


Jim Renacci: Allow workers to privately invest portion of payroll taxes

Q: Support full or partial privatization of Social Security?

Sherrod Brown (D): No. Strong opponent.

Jim Renacci (R): Partial. Allow workers "to privately invest a portion of their payroll taxes."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Sherrod Brown: No full nor partial privatization of Social Security

Q: Support full or partial privatization of Social Security?

Sherrod Brown (D): No. Strong opponent.

Jim Renacci (R): Partial. Allow workers "to privately invest a portion of their payroll taxes."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Mike Gibbons: Opt-out of Social Security

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Privatize Social Security"?

A: Support the ability for individuals to opt-in to a program that would give them control over a portion of their Social Security

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Ohio Senate candidate Apr 24, 2018

Rob Portman: Supported Bush's privatization, but no longer supports it

Q: On Social Security: Support full or partial Social Security privatization?

Portman: Did as Bush's budget director, now says he doesn't. Supported privatization as Bush budget director, but currently says doesn't support privatization

Strickland: No

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Ohio Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Ted Strickland: No Social Security privatization

Q: On Social Security: Support full or partial Social Security privatization?

Portman: Did as Bush's budget director, now says he doesn't. Supported privatization as Bush budget director, but currently says doesn't support privatization

Strickland: No

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Ohio Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Richard Cordray: Develop consumer tools to use with Social Security decisions

"To a consumer, when to start claiming Social Security payments is one of the key decisions˙they can make about their retirement,"˙said Cordray, director of the CFPB. Because claiming your benefit is a "one-time choice,"˙Cordray said, "it is imperative that consumers can properly weigh their options." "We want consumers to use our tool to know and understand what it means to claim at their full retirement age vs. several years before and several years after," Cordray said.˙
Source: Jiayue Huang in USA Today on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race Nov 18, 2015

Josh Mandel: Raise retirement age, but not for Baby Boomers or older

Mandel said he "has not come out in support" of Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan's budget plan, which called for reshaping Medicare."I believe it is unfair to change Medicare or Social Security for my grandmother and her generation and my parents and my generation," he said, before accusing "politicians in Washington" of stealing from the Social Security Trust Fund. "We need to make common sense cuts in other parts of our government in order to fund Social Security and Medicare far into our future." He said he'd consider raising the retirement eligibility age for "folks at least my age, probably some who are older," but not for baby boomers.

Brown, meanwhile, said he wouldn't raise the retirement age for either program, saying it's unfair to ask working class people to work until they're 70. He said the programs are "reliable and will be reliable for this generation and the next generation."

Source: Dayton Daily News on 2012 Ohio Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Sherrod Brown: Don't raise retirement age; system has been reliable

Mandel said he "has not come out in support" of Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan's budget plan, which called for reshaping Medicare."I believe it is unfair to change Medicare or Social Security for my grandmother and her generation and my parents and my generation," he said, before accusing "politicians in Washington" of stealing from the Social Security Trust Fund. "We need to make common sense cuts in other parts of our government in order to fund Social Security and Medicare far into our future." He said he'd consider raising the retirement eligibility age for "folks at least my age, probably some who are older," but not for baby boomers.

Brown, meanwhile, said he wouldn't raise the retirement age for either program, saying it's unfair to ask working class people to work until they're 70. He said the programs are "reliable and will be reliable for this generation and the next generation."

Source: Dayton Daily News on 2012 Ohio Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Lee Fisher: No benefit cuts; don't raise retirement age

Fisher and Portman sparred over jobs, Social Security and trade in their first of three Senate debates, drawing a stark contrast for voters as the state struggles to recover from the recession. Fisher sought to tie his opponent to the Bush administration reminding viewers of Portman's service as budget director and US trade representative.

Fisher rejected cutting Social Security benefits and raising the retirement age, although he does want a bipartisan commission to address the entitlement program's long-term fiscal problems.

Although the Bush administration had sought to create private Social Security accounts, Portman said it was "not true" that he supported privatizing the program. Fisher often quotes from a 2007 interview in which Portman called the Bush proposal "very sound."

Portman admonished Fisher to "stop scaring seniors" about Social Security. But he added, "We do need to look at reforming the system" to ensure that the entitlement program survives for future generations

Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 5, 2010

Rob Portman: Bush's proposal was sound, but I'm not for privatization

Fisher and Portman sparred over jobs, Social Security and trade in their first of three Senate debates, drawing a stark contrast for voters as the state struggles to recover from the recession. Fisher sought to tie his opponent to the Bush administration reminding viewers of Portman's service as budget director and US trade representative.

Fisher rejected cutting Social Security benefits and raising the retirement age, although he does want a bipartisan commission to address the entitlement program's long-term fiscal problems.

Although the Bush administration had sought to create private Social Security accounts, Portman said it was "not true" that he supported privatizing the program. Fisher often quotes from a 2007 interview in which Portman called the Bush proposal "very sound."

Portman admonished Fisher to "stop scaring seniors" about Social Security. But he added, "We do need to look at reforming the system" to ensure that the entitlement program survives for future generations

Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 5, 2010

Lee Fisher: Strengthen, preserve and protect Social Security

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, fisherforohio.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

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