Release: McMahon Campaign Panics, Scrambles to Explain Radical Plans to End Social Security

September 28 2012

Former Wrestling Executive’s Campaign Dodges, Rephrases, And Distorts McMahon’s Extreme Policies To End Social Security And Dismantle Medicare

ROCKY HILL-Former wrestling CEO Linda McMahon’s campaign began unraveling this week when McMahon doubled down on her extreme plans to end Social Security and replace Medicare with a voucher program, just hours after a video clip surfaced that shows McMahon describing her radical policies for seniors at a Tea Party rally.  While McMahon and her campaign have attempted to distract from her statements, they have offered conflicting responses to reports of the millionaire Republican’s support for the Ryan Plan and her own radical policies and have served only to make clear that Linda McMahon was, in fact, being honest with the Tea Party when she laid out her proposal to end Social Security.

Linda McMahon’s attempts to explain her Tea Party proposal to end Social Security changing by the minute and she ends up doubling down instead of backing away...

After McMahon tells CTNewsjunkie she doesn't want to talk about the issue:“I really do think we’re going to have strengthen all of our entitlement programs, but that’s not really a discussion for the campaign trail.”.....

 She is a bit more willing to chat with the Tea Party....

At a rally with Tea Party supporters McMahon proposes a “sunset provision” to Social Security that would end the program altogether and supports raising the retirement age and means-testing Social Security benefits for seniors.

 And then Wednesday night she scrambles…

A video clip surfaces from the April event, first in a story from The Huffington Post, with the McMahon Campaign’s first official response:  “Linda McMahon is committed to reforming entitlements without breaking the promises we've made to our seniors," said McMahon spokesman Todd Abrajano. "Linda McMahon will never vote for a budget that cuts Social Security for seniors.”

Thursday morning brings an argument about the definition of "sunset"

"She didn't mean sunset in terms of what most people typically think of a sunset provision of a bill," Abrajano assured the Connecticut Mirror yesterday, contradicting McMahon’s original statement

 But the McMahon campaign couldn't back away from the facts....

Abrajano is defensive with the Associated Press, saying that McMahon’s plan to end Social Security is "absolutely, unequivocally untrue," until admitting that she supports reviewing the program every 10 or 15 years.  A CBS column called such a review “something that has never been done in the history of the program meant to alleviate the problem of senior poverty.”

 And then McMahon doubles down Thursday afternoon…

According to the WFSB reporter that spoke with McMahon yesterday, “McMahon…said she would be willing to look at privatizing Medicare, possibly with a voucher system, a plan supported by Mitt Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, and maybe raising the age for Social Security benefits.” 

And by Friday morning they try to turn this around, but still can't get away from McMahon's radical proposal....

In a panicked press release, the McMahon campaigned offered only tired smears and attacks on Chris Murphy’s record of protecting Social Security and Medicare, already dismissed as "false"by objective fact checkers.

Republicans try to defend her, can't...

Republican State Senator Livvy Floren pleads ignorance for the U.S. Senate candidate in the CT Post: “I think she just misused the word. `Sunset' is almost like legislative speak. I just don't think she knew what that term meant.”

In the New Haven Register, McMahon spokesman Todd Abrajano said that on Medicare,“Linda McMahon believes that all options should be on the table although she is not specifically supporting any of them.”