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Senator Brian Schatz (D. HI) is out with a new ad promoting expanding Social Security:

Our campaign is founded on the strength of supporters like you, so I wanted to make sure you got the chance to see our new ad before it goes on TV starting tomorrow.

Protecting and expanding Social Security is a core commitment for Senator Schatz. Sharing a home with his parents-in-law, George and Ping Kwok, he sees firsthand how important Social Security is to Hawai‘i’s seniors.

That’s why he not only has pledged to oppose each and every attempt to cut Social Security, he is championing legislation to actually increase Social Security benefits for our seniors.

One more thing:

Being on our email list, you might have already known about Senator Schatz's dedication to protecting and expanding Social Security. But many voters haven’t heard about Senator Schatz's record on this critical issue yet.

Can you chip in to make sure we can keep this ad on the air and let voters know about Senator Schatz's commitment to Social Security?

Yes, I can help. I’ll chip in $25 or more to help keep this ad on the air.

https://contribute.brianschatz.com/...

I hope you enjoy the ad. Thanks so much for being a supporter.

Clay Schroers
Campaign Manager
Schatz for Hawai‘i

Click here to donate to Schatz campaign so they can keep this ad on the air:

https://contribute.brianschatz.com/...

By the way, Schatz recently did an interview with the Honolulu Civil Beat that promotes him as a progressive champion for the middle class and is worth the read:

“We see what’s happening with the middle class nationally, but it’s exceptionally severe in the state of Hawaii,” Schatz said. “This is, in my view, the best place in the world to live, but it’s not very easy to make it.”

Hawaii is one of the most expensive places in the country, whether you’re filling up the gas tank or trying to buy milk. The median price of a home is $679,000.

As a freshman senator in a hyper-partisan Congress, Schatz faces steep challenges when trying to convince his colleagues to make life more livable in paradise. Not only is Hawaii far detached from the rest of the country, but it’s also one of the least populous states.

But Schatz sees various leverage points where he can exert influence, not the least of which are tourism and the military. He chairs the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Competitiveness and Innovation, and despite proposed cuts to the defense budget, Hawaii still plays an integral role in the U.S. pivot to the Asia-Pacific region.

“We are the most isolated populated place on the planet and we have depended for a very, very long time on continued federal investment,” Schatz said. “We did really well in the last appropriations process. There were a number of initiatives that are important to Hawaii that President Obama and his administration were strongly supportive of. And while they couldn’t be as supportive as we had hoped, we were able to plus up the number.” - Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/21/14

Click here if you want to get involved with Schatz's campaign:
http://brianschatz.com/

Originally posted to pdc on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 02:54 PM PDT.

Also republished by Pushing back at the Grand Bargain, Social Security Defenders, In Support of Labor and Unions, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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