Using Social Security to seek the senior vote; some movement for Democrats | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Using Social Security to seek the senior vote; some movement for Democrats

Posted By on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 8:05 AM


You'd have to be without a television to be unaware of the theme of this story — U.S. Senate candidates are pounding Social Security to get an edge with high-voting people aged 65 and older.

Arkansas ad thrusts are mentioned in the New York Times roundup of the strategy, which finally seems to be at least closing a gap for Democrats among older voters.  For example: Sen. Mark Pryor with his dad, David.

Of course, Tom Cotton is using his mom to underscore his (dishonest) pitch that he's a true-blue protector of Social Security as we know it.

The article contains one positive note:

While Ms. Lake attributed Democrats’ gains to their emphasis on Social Security and Medicare, Mr. Goeas suggested another factor. Older voters have been among the strongest opponents of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, he said, but “fear has abated a little bit” about its impact on Medicare and the economy.

On that point, he is in bipartisan agreement of sorts with Mr. Garin. In 2010 and 2012, Mr. Garin said, “Republicans spent a fortune on ‘Obama and Democrats are cutting $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare.’ ” But that charge, he added, “seems to have kind of run its course. Most seniors feel like they’ve been hearing this for four years and their Medicare hasn’t been cut.”

Of course not. And Obamacare has helped millions, particularly the working low-income. 

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