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Chris Rothfuss on Social Security

Democratic Challenger


No reasonable justification for Notch Baby disparity

Q: The Senior Citizens League members are to a large extent Notch babies--those individuals who receive lower Social Security benefits because they were born in the years 1917 and immediately thereafter. Do you support Notch Reform?

A: Yes. There is no reasonable justification for this disparity.

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

CPI-E would be a fairer COLA than CPI-W for seniors

Q: We strongly believe that the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) that seniors are currently receiving does not accurately reflect how they must spend their money. Do you support COLA Fairness, based on the consumer price index (CPI) for seniors?

A: I support 'real' cost of living adjustments and do not have any confidence in our current COLA system. CPI-E would certainly be a fairer COLA than CPI-W for seniors receiving Social Security.

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

Raise the $102,000 taxable ceiling & raise retirement age

Q: Do you support Social Security Reform or Privatization?

A: Reestablish the social security trust fund and loan out the surplus funds at fair market value; raise the $102,000 taxable ceiling and then index the new ceiling to inflation or a relevant COLA; and increase the Full Retirement Age for individuals born after 1960... set a sliding scale now to compensate for longer life expectancies.

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

Opposes privatizing social security

Q: Do you support privatizing social security?

A: Oppose. I support overhauling the current federal social security system to keep it solvent. This should include re-establishing the social security trust fund and loaning out the surplus funds at fair market value; raising the $102,000 taxable ceiling and then indexing the new ceiling to inflation or a relevant COLA; and increasing the Full Retirement Age for individuals born after 1960to compensate for longer life expectancies.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 10, 2008

Other candidates on Social Security: Chris Rothfuss on other issues:
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Dave Freudenthal
WY Senatorial:
John Barrasso
Michael Enzi
Nick Carter


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Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

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