Thursday, July 14th, 2016


Linda Benesch, [email protected]

Statement on Mike Pence

(Washington, DC) —The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, co-director of Social Security Works, in response to Donald Trump’s choice of Mike Pence for his running mate:

“Governor Pence has a long history of fighting to cut and privatize Social Security. In 2005, he was the leader of a group of House Republicans who criticized George W. Bush’s Social Security privatization plan for not being extreme enough! He supports raising the retirement age and other cuts to Social Security benefits. This despite the fact that the nation is facing a looming retirement income crisis, which is likely to be harshest for younger Americans.

Pence has shown his desire to dismantle Social Security brick by brick, or even faster. He insultingly calls our Social Security system an “entitlement” rather than the earned benefit that it is. This attitude towards Social Security, the people’s pension, fits in perfectly with Donald Trump’s outrageous claim that Social Security is an illegal Ponzi Scheme. This name calling is an insult to every worker and Social Security beneficiary. It is an insult to all of us.

Poll after poll shows that voters — regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, or political party — support expanding, not cutting, Social Security. The Trump-Pence ticket is radically out of step with the American people.”


Social Security Works is the convening group 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.