June 20th, 2012 | Comments Off on Did Heather Wilson support privatizing Social Security?
Buzzfeed first reported on the apparent contradiction between Wilson’s claim now and what she was saying a decade ago when George W. Bush wanted to privatize Social Security.
While in 2002 Wilson said she was opposed to efforts by the government to privatize Social Security by investing in the stock market, however, a Democratic source points out, she did express openness to so-called “personal retirement accounts,” which would allow private citizens to invest at least some of their social security taxes in accounts earmarked for their own retirement.
Wilson is running in a state that is increasingly trending Democratic and is running touting her moderate credentials.
Privatizing Social Security is a third rail of American politics — especially in a state that that trends Democratic. If Wilson has to spend her time defending herself against her position on Social Security ten years ago, that is bad news for Wilson come November.
Wilson faces Democrat Martin Heinrich in the general election. It is considered a top-tier race and one that could decide who controls the U.S. Senate next January.
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Written by Matthew Reichbach
Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.
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