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Debate Recap: Social Security Under Attack

Treadwell, Sullivan and Miller and the Push to Privatization

Sullivan Would “Means Test” Seniors


ANCHORAGE — At today’s primary forum hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Dan Sullivan, Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller all had a message for Alaska’s seniors: You’ve spent a lifetime paying into Social Security and now we want to make dangerous changes to the program that put your economic security at risk.

The candidates put Social Security under attack by voicing support for dramatic changes including privatization, means testing, and raising the retirement age.

  • Sullivan called for “means testing” of Alaska seniors before they receive Social Security benefits.
  • Sullivan called for raising the age for Social Security benefits.
  • Treadwell attempted to create space from his endorsement of the Ryan Budget.
  • Miller called for privatization of Social Security.

“Alaskans need to know that Mark Begich is the only candidate in the race working to strengthen Social Security while Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller all present a dangerous future for the program when Alaskans deserve their benefits after paying into the program,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

Mark Begich is an outspoken advocate of strengthening Social Security benefits for individuals who have worked and paid into the program over a lifetime. Begich supports legislative proposals that would raise the cap on contributions, strengthen benefits and keep the program solvent for up to 70 years.