In it, but not of it. TPM DC
"Will Congressman Mike Castle support the Republican plan that would leave the livelihood of Delaware's 113,885 Social Security beneficiaries to the volatility of the stock market," DSCC spokeswoman Deirdre Murphy asks in one of the releases going after Castle, who is running for the open U.S. Senate seat.
As we have reported, Democrats are pushing the issue in hopes of gaining similar political traction to how they benefited from GOP plans to privatize Social Security in 2005.
The DSCC releases are state specific, detailing the number of senior citizens who would be left "vulnerable to poverty" in each state
"The bottom line of the plan according to the Congressional Budget Office: anyone who currently benefits from the mentioned programs would have the risk and increased cost placed on them, rather than the federal government," the DSCC says.
As we started calling Republicans about this issue in the last week, Boozman's Congressional office told us that he appreciates the Ryan plan. He also blasted President Obama's budget as "irresponsible" and "totally unsustainable."
"Congressman Ryan is working to cut the deficit spending and I appreciate his commitment to putting our country on the road to fiscal responsibility. His proposal may not be perfect, but I think he is making a thoughtful and serious effort to prevent Congress from driving our country into financial ruin," Boozman said in a statement.
TPM has asked the Kirk and Castle campaigns for a response and will update if we get them. We tried Blunt's Senate campaign, but the number listed on the Web site says it's a non-working number. His Congressional office has promised to pass along the message.
Additional reporting by Rachel Slajda.