For Immediate Release: February 5, 2016

ContactLacy Crawford, Jr., [email protected]org
              Molly Haigh, [email protected]

Huff Post: “Hillary Clinton refuses to rule out any and all benefit cuts to Social Security”

Social Security Works & PCCC Launch Online Ad Buy in NH

Social Security Works: “We need Hillary Clinton to promise to never cut Social Security benefits, no cuts, no buts, now or ever.”

Today, after Sec. Hillary Clinton’s campaign made clear for the first time that she will not commit to never cut Social Security, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Social Security Works have launched an online ad buy in New Hampshire to increase pressure on Clinton to make that explicit promise before Tuesday’s primary.

Minutes ago, the Clinton campaign told the Huffington Post, “She has no plans to cut benefits.” The Huffington Post accurately reported, “Hillary Clinton refuses to rule out any and all benefit cuts to Social Security.”

The PCCC and Social Security Works in response announced an online ad buy statewide across New Hampshire today. The Facebook and Google ads will target likely Democratic voters, including Clinton’s supporters.

Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works issued the following statement:

“The American people stand united against cuts to Social Security benefits, all Americans. Ninety-four percent of Americans stand against benefit cuts. We need Hillary Clinton to promise to never cut Social Security benefits, no cuts, no buts, now or ever.”

Stephanie Taylor, Co-founder of the PCCC issued the following statement:

“Hillary Clinton says she has ‘no plans’ to cut Social Security — but George W. Bush had ‘no plans’ to invade Iraq. That is not a promise, and our grandparents and veterans need a promise.

It is an absolute must for a Democratic nominee who claims to be progressive to say clearly and unequivocally that they will never cut Social Security benefits. Bernie Sanders has made that commitment. Hillary Clinton should make that commitment before the New Hampshire primary so Democrats can focus on expanding benefits.”

Neither group has endorsed a candidate for president.

See the adshttp://boldprogressives.org/?p=11683

Thousands of people have also signed a petition in the last 24 hours calling on Sec. Clinton to promise never to cut Social Security: ExpandSocialSecurity.org.

See the initial challenge to Sec. Clinton by PCCC on Fox & Friends Feb 2nd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfLbZ_aAIN8

Facts on Social Security:

  • Two thirds of American seniors rely on Social Security for most of their income.

  • The average benefit received by women in 2014 was $13,016—just $1,346 over the federal poverty limit for an individual.

  • The average Social Security benefit is just $16,092 a year, less for African Americans and Latinos. This barely clears the poverty line.

  • 94% of Americans oppose cuts to Social Security, and vast majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans support expansion.

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Social Security Works
 is the convening member in the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, a coalition comprised of more than 350 national and state organizations representing more than 50 million Americans from many of the nation’s leading aging, labor, disability, women’s, children, consumer, civil rights and equality organizations.

The PCCC has not endorsed any candidate for president in the 2016 cycle, focusing instead on incentivizing all Democratic candidates to adopt Elizabeth Warren-style positions, including expanding Social Security benefits, debt-free college, and corporate accountability.

The PCCC led the organizing to make debt-free college a central 2016 issue — working with a coalition of groups that included Democracy for America, think tank Demos, and others. Bloomberg reports, “The phrase ‘debt-free college’ was hardly present in the national political lexicon until the Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched a campaign in January to push Democrats to support the idea.” Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have embraced this national goal.