How big of a political problem are Sharron Angle's past statements on Social Security?
Big enough that the Republican challenging Harry Reid in Nevada's Senate contest is now airing a TV ad in which she calls to "save" the entitlement program for seniors. "We have a contract with our seniors who have put into Social Security in good faith," she says in the advertisement. "I’d like to save Social Security by locking the lock box, putting the money back into the Trust Fund so government can no longer raid our retirement."
Her desire to "save Social Security," however, it at odds with what she said during the primaries.
Angle's Web site back then had discussed transitioning out of the program.
"Free market alternatives, which offer retirement choices to employees and employers, must be developed and offered to those still in their wage earning years, as the Social Security system is transitioned out. Young workers must be encouraged to investigate personal retirement account options."
Her Web site, though, has since been scrubbed and now says this:
We must keep the promise of Social Security by redeeming the "IOU's" that have been written to the Social Security Trust Fund and then putting that money in a lock box that cannot ever be raided again by Washington politicians. The only way we pay for it is by cutting spending. We should also create personalized accounts for the next generation that cannot be raided.
And during a May primary debate, Angle called for phasing out Social Security and Medicare. “We need to phase Medicare and Social Security out in favor of something privatized,” she said.