133 members of Congress, 80 House candidates, and 11 Senate candidates have made their stand for Social Security.
This builds off the work that PCCC and our sister organization the P Street Project (progressive alternative to K Street) did with Rep. Raul Grijalva and groups like Social Security Works, the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, MoveOn, and Campaign for America's Future to organize 133 members of the House to take a bold stand on this issue. Today, candidates are weighing in, going on offense, and making this an election issue. For more, read Jack Conway's email to PCCC members below.
Dear PCCC member,
Rand Paul, the Tea Party leader running against me for Senate in Kentucky, thinks Social Security is unconstitutional. Other Republicans across the nation are also campaigning on privatization and Social Security cuts.
With a Tea Party deep on the fringe, the way for Democrats to win in 2010 is to have a spine -- and go on offense.
That's why today, I am proud to announce with my friends at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee that over 200 congressional candidates and members of Congress are promising to oppose any cuts to Social Security.
We're saying no privatization, no raising the retirement age, no messing with the best program for seniors and workers in American history -- and no mincing words about it.
Can you show your support for Democrats who stand on principle and go "on offense" by signing a statement of support for today's big move by 200 candidates? Click here.
(Also, I'm taking the Social Security fight directly to Rand Paul in debates, speeches, and media events. You can help me continue fighting hard by donating $4 to my campaign today? Click here.)
When you and others sign your support for today's bold move by 200 candidates, we'll make sure the political insiders and the media take notice of where the grassroots want Democratic leaders to be.
The PCCC has done a great job working with me and other Democratic candidates to go on offense on Social Security -- and I've been taking the Social Security fight directly to Rand Paul in debates, speeches, and media events.
The 200 others include:
- Senate candidates Scott McAdams (AK), Roxanne Conlin (IA), Lee Fisher (OH), Alexi Giannoulias (IL), Kendrick Meek (FL), Paul Hodes (NH), Elaine Marshall (NC), and others
- House candidates Ann McLane Kuster (NH), Joe Garcia (FL), Bill Hedrick (CA), Rob Miller (SC), Julia Lassa (WI), Manan Trivedi (PA), Ed Potosnak (NJ), Michael Oliverio (WV), and others
- Members of Congress Raul Grijalva (AZ), Mary Jo Kilroy (OH), Alan Grayson (FL), Michael Acuri (NY), Carol Shea-Porter (NH), Ed Potosnak (NJ), Bill Owens (NY), John Boccieri (OH), and others
- The full list is at SocialSecurityProtectors.com
As Rachel Maddow would say, "This is what it looks like when Democrats go on offense."
Then, please pass this email to your friends who want bold Democrats. Thanks for being a bold progressive.
(Full disclosure: I'm the senior organizing fellow for the PCCC)