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Mark Dayton on Social Security
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • People shouldnít have access to withholdings; too risky. (Nov 2000)
  • Opposes privatization of social security. (Oct 2000)
  • Keep Social Security intact. (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

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Jim Abeler on Social Security
Republican challenger: Click here for Jim Abeler on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Al Franken on Social Security
DFL Jr Senator (MN): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Al Franken on other issues.
  • Iíll scream if Republicans ever try to privatize again. (Mar 2008)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Amy Klobuchar on Social Security
DFL Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.
  • No raising retirement age; no cost of living increase. (Oct 2006)
  • Presidentís privatization scheme puts us at risk. (Jan 2006)
  • Raise cap from $90,000 for paying in. (Jan 2006)
  • Privatization is a risky scheme. (Jan 2006)
  • Make Social Security more secure for the long term. (Jan 2006)
  • Incentives for private retirement options. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
Dan Severson on Social Security
Republican Challenger: Click here for Dan Severson on other issues.
    No stance on record.

House:


Michele Bachmann on Social Security
Republican Representative (MN-6); 2011 GOP frontrunner: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Michele Bachmann on other issues.
  • Young should invest retirement money, not give it to gov't. (Nov 2011)
  • No payroll tax cut; we need revenue from baby boomers. (Nov 2011)
  • Keep promise to older workers; reform for younger. (Sep 2011)
  • Wean everybody off Social Security and Medicare. (Feb 2010)
  • Wean the next generation off Social Security. (Feb 2010)
Chip Cravaack on Social Security
Republican (District 8): Click here for Chip Cravaack on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Keith Ellison on Social Security
Democrat: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Keith Ellison on other issues.
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction. (Aug 2011)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
John Kline on Social Security
Republican Representative (MN-2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for John Kline on other issues.
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Betty McCollum on Social Security
Democratic Representative (MN-4): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Betty McCollum on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Supported pension reform and tax credits for long-term care. (Jul 1999)
Rick Nolan on Social Security
Democrat (District 8): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Rick Nolan on other issues.
  • Don't turn Social Security over to Wall Street. (Nov 2012)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Erik Paulsen on Social Security
Republican (District 3): Click here for Erik Paulsen on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Collin Peterson on Social Security
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-7): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Collin Peterson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
  • Rated 20% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Tim Walz on Social Security
Democrat: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Tim Walz on other issues.
  • Increase the payroll tax. (Nov 2006)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Mike Hatch on Social Security
Former DFL Challenger for Governor (2006): Click here for Mike Hatch on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tim Pawlenty on Social Security
Republican MN Governor: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Tim Pawlenty on other issues.
  • 2004: strong supporter of personal accounts. (May 2011)
  • No increase in the Social Security tax cap. (Jun 2008)
  • $97,000 of income is middle class; donít raise withholding. (Jun 2008)
Joe Arwood on Social Security
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joe Arwood on other issues.
  • Means testing for recipients; opt-out for younger workers. (Jan 2012)
Anthony Hernandez on Social Security
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for Anthony Hernandez on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jesse Ventura on Social Security
Former Independent Governor (1999-2002): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Mike Ciresi on Social Security
Former DFL Senate Challenger (2008): Click here for Mike Ciresi on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rod Grams on Social Security
Republican Senator (Former): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Rod Grams on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
Mark Kennedy on Social Security
Republican (until 2006) (District 2): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Mark Kennedy on Social Security
Republican challenger (2006), U.S. Rep: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Walter Mondale on Social Security
Former Democratic Challenger (2002) & Vice President (1981): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Walter Mondale on other issues.
  • Privatizing Social Security is ďa dreadful ideaĒ. (Nov 2002)
  • Chaired commission on privatization, but opposed privatizing. (Oct 2002)
Jesse Ventura on Social Security
Independent Senate challenger (2008): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Paul Wellstone on Social Security
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Paul Wellstone on other issues.
  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
Dean Barkley on Social Security
Independent Senate challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Dean Barkley on other issues.
  • COLA disparity is unfair. (Oct 2008)
  • Doing nothing will be a disaster: raise retirement age. (Oct 2008)
  • Donít privatize social security. (Aug 2008)
  • Option for younger people to invest in personal accounts. (Nov 2002)
Ford Bell on Social Security
DFL challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Ford Bell on other issues.
  • Privatization hasnít worked. (Jan 2006)
  • Solve the projected shortfall with safe & gradual changes. (Dec 2005)
Michael Cavlan on Social Security
Green Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Michael Cavlan on other issues.
  • Completely opposed to privatization. (Jun 2005)
Norm Coleman on Social Security
Republican Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Norm Coleman on other issues.
  • Introduced resolution to address notch benefit disparity. (Oct 2008)
  • Address growing financial needs of Americaís seniors. (Oct 2008)
  • Individual retirement accounts as part of comprehensive plan. (Oct 2008)
  • For private investment of IRAís, but against privatization. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Mark Dayton on Social Security
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • People shouldnít have access to withholdings; too risky. (Nov 2000)
  • Opposes privatization of social security. (Oct 2000)
  • Keep Social Security intact. (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Robert Fitzgerald on Social Security
Independence Party Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Robert Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Donít make young people carry burden of solvency. (Oct 2006)
  • Raise income ceiling for Social Security taxes. (Oct 2006)
Gil Gutknecht on Social Security
Republican (District 1): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Gil Gutknecht on other issues.
  • Voted NO on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 30% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Bill Luther on Social Security
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 6): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bill Luther on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
David Minge on Social Security
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 2): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for David Minge on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on Social Security
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Niemackl on Social Security
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for James Niemackl on other issues.
  • Supports self-investment for social security savings. (Aug 2008)
James Oberstar on Social Security
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-8): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for James Oberstar on other issues.
  • Voted NO on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • No severe changes; no privatization. (Feb 2010)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
Tim Penny on Social Security
Democrat (1982-1995) (District 1): Click here for Tim Penny on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Ramstad on Social Security
Republican Representative (MN-3): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Jim Ramstad on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
  • Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives. (Sep 1998)
Martin Sabo on Social Security
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 5): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Martin Sabo on other issues.
  • Voted NO on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Bruce Vento on Social Security
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 4): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bruce Vento on other issues.
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
Patty Wetterling on Social Security
Former DFL challenger, 2004 Congressional nominee: Click here for Patty Wetterling on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Michael Cummins on Social Security
Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Michael Cummins on other issues.
  • Social Security is in real trouble; privatize it. (Jul 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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