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House Dems assail Republicans over Social Security

From NBC's Lauren Smiley
Today, House Democrats used the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Social Security to blast Republicans -- given that some GOP candidates this midterm season have called to phase out the government-backed retirement benefit for seniors.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated, "This year, Republicans are charting a course right back to the failed ideas of the past. Again, Democrats and the American people are saying no."

Other Democrats took their turn at the mic to deliver the same message. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer asserted that Republicans want to privatize Social Security and go "back to the pre-1935 days when it was a crapshoot for seniors."

The jabs continued with House Majority Whip James Clyburn, House Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin, and a very fired-up Caucus Chairman John Larson, who described Republicans -- just as FDR did decades ago -- as "frozen in the ice of their own indifference toward the American people." Larson made the connection to this year's elections as he promised to engage the Republicans throughout the entire campaign and fight for the "people's party."