George Bush Sr. on Social Security
President of the U.S., 1989-1993; Former Republican Rep. (TX)
PEROT: All these fellows with $1,000 suits and alligator shoes that make policy now--the lobbyists, the PAC guys--we're going to get rid of them. The Congress will be listening to the people. And the American people are willing to have fair, shared sacrifice.
BUSH: Well, first place I'd like to clear up something, because every 4 years the Democrats go around and say, "Hey, Republicans are going to cut Social Security and Medicare." They've started it again. I am the President that stood up and said, "Don't mess with Social Security." And I'm not going to, and we haven't. We are not going to go after the Social Security recipient. I have one difference with Mr. Perot on that because I don't think we need to touch Social Security. What we do need to do, though, is control the growth of these mandatory programs. Ross properly says, "Okay, there's some pain in that." But Clinton refuses to touch that.
We rescued the system in 1983, and it's sound again. Our budget fully funds today's benefits, and it assures that future benefits will be funded as well. The last thing we need to do is mess around with Social Security.
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George W. Bush(R,2001-2009)
George Bush Sr.(R,1989-1993)
John F. Kennedy(D,1961-1963)
Harry S Truman(D,1945-1953)
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