by Max Brantley
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee welcomes new 1st District Republican nominee Rick Crawford with a nifty little gotcha.
It caught him telling the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette he would not support privatizing Social Security. What sane person would after the recent market meltdowns?
NOW. “Crawford said he doesn’t support privatizing Social Security, but wants to ‘reform’ the entitlement program through ‘fiscal discipline’ and cutting other programs. He said he would oppose cutting benefits, raising taxes or getting rid of income caps on social security taxes. He didn’t specify what other programs he would cut or elaborate on how fiscal discipline would save Social Security.” [Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 5/20/10]
THEN Crawford said Social Security was at a “tipping point” and he signed a pledge to divert Social Security taxes into private retirement accounts. [LauranIngram.com, accessed 5/16/10; Rick Crawford for Congress, 3/26/10]
Comment from the DCCC.
“On his very first day as the Republican nominee, Rick Crawford proved to Arkansas families that he’s the worst kind of politician by lying to Arkansas seniors about his pledge to allow private accounts for Social Security. The problem for Mr. Crawford is his pledge is in writing,” said Jesse Ferguson, Southern Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Arkansas seniors won’t let Rick Crawford lie to them now and then take their hard-earned Social Security funds to gamble them on the stock market. It’s a risky and dangerous scheme and Arkansas seniors won’t let him use political double speak and flip-flopping to get away with it.”