John Walsh has stated that he is open to privatizing Social Security for young workers. He said it on unedited tape that includes the question being asked and an extensive answer. When my campaign expressed astonishment that a Democratic candidate was open to privatizing Social Security, Walsh’s campaign manager cried “foul” in a mass email targeted to Democratic voters on April 28.

In the process of crying “foul,” Walsh’s campaign manager, Aaron Murphy, confirmed that Walsh had indeed admitted to being open to privatization. Murphy included in his email the exact same audio we referenced. Murphy also used text of Walsh’s statements in the email. This directly from Walsh’s campaign manager’s email quoting Walsh:

“You know, I’d have to take a look at all the options – but not for those that are currently in Social Security right now. I can see maybe there may be an option where they look at it for new employees coming into the workforce – that they may look at that – but it’s not something that I’m going to support with those that are currently on the program or currently working in the program.“

Why cry foul when you’re just going to confirm what our campaign reported Walsh to have said?

Perhaps Walsh himself doesn’t understand that young workers paying into Social Security helps fund those currently drawing on their Social Security benefits. Privatizing Social Security for younger workers gives that money to Wall Street, which has demonstrated nothing but irresponsibility and malfeasance when it comes to citizens’ retirement funds. Re-directing those funds jeopardizes those on Social Security today.

Whether it’s a lack of understanding about how Social Security works, or it’s a willingness to gamble with our senior citizens’ well-being, Walsh’s position is not what Democrats want, not what Montanans want, and not what Americans want.

Dirk Adams,

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate

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