Call me old-fashioned, but I believe when people run for office they should be clear and direct about where they stand on key issues.

That's why, as a candidate for an open seat in Congress (now held by retiring Rep. Lynn Woolsey) in Northern California, I put out a statement yesterday that was specific about my opposition to proposals that would undermine Medicare and Social Security:

“Raising the age of Medicare eligibility would harm the health and well-being of millions of Americans. I’m committed to opposing such proposals, on the campaign trail and in Congress.”

And, as for making a downward adjustment of cost-of-living allowances for Social Security recipients:

“Reducing Social Security benefits under any guise is absolutely unacceptable. Such a step would violate a sacred trust with this country’s seniors and others who depend on Social Security to stay out of poverty.”

My campaign just took out a full-page ad in Marin County's weekly Pacific Sun headlined "Cutting Social Security and Medicare is Not ‘Fiscal Responsibility.’ It’s Betrayal."

Right now, I'm the only candidate in the race taking specific positions on Medicare and Social Security. If that's the way it's going to be, so be it.

P.S. -- If you'd like to learn more, please visit my campaign site: www.SolomonForCongress.com

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