Simpson Apologizes For Comparing Social Security To Cow With 310 Million Tits

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In an email to Ashley Carson, the executive director of the Older Women’s League, Alan Simpson has apologized for comparing Social Security to a cow with 310 million tits.

“I apologize for what I wrote,” Simpson writes.

I can see that my remarks have caused you anguish, and that was not my intention. I certainly did not intend to diminish your hard work for the Older Women’s League. I know you care deeply about strengthening Social Security, and so do I, just as deeply. I remember your testimony at our public hearing in June about the importance of retirement security for women. Over the last 40 years, I have had my size 15 feet in my mouth a time or two. To quote my old friend and colleague, Senator Lloyd Bentsen, when I make a mistake, “It’s a doozy!”

Progressive groups have called on Simpson to resign, and the AARP has declared that Simpson’s initial remarks undermine the credibility of the White House’s commission on fiscal reform, which he co-chairs.

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