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Cicilline Battles Loughlin on Social Security

Friday, September 24, 2010


Democratic Congressional candidate David Cicilline yesterday vowed to fight with "every fiber of his body" any efforts to privatize Social Security, which he warned his Republican opponent, John Loughlin, would do if elected to Congress.

Cicilline also said he would help seniors get transportation to everything from doctor visits to senior centers. He also said he would get more federal funding for prescription drugs, saying seniors shouldn't have to choose between their medicine and buying groceries. "In the richest, most powerful nation in the world, no senior ... should face that choice," Cicilline said. He spoke at the St. Germain Manor Senior Center in Pawtucket, kicking off what his campaign called the "Fighting for Social Security" tour.

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and Democratic General Treasurer candidate Gina Raimondo also spoke at the event.

Loughlin's campaign issued the following response yesterday:

"Mayor Cicilline is desperately digging into his political bag of tricks to distract people from the real issue in this race, which is how best to control spending, reduce debt and keep taxes low. Mayor Cicilline is just another rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi's big government agenda. It's sad to see him try to scare the elderly in a weak attempt to change the subject. Social Security represents a promise made to all Americans that if you work hard, you will have a safety net when you are older or unable to work. I believe we should maintain that promise."


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