Mitt Romney is keeping up the pressure on Rick Perry over his long history of Social Security criticism, demanding Perry explain how the program could be run by individual states.
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"This election is about choices and voters - and voters will have the opportunity to choose between Mitt Romney, who wants to fix and strengthen Social Security for the next generation, and Rick Perry, who wants to dismantle it," Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said in a statement. "Voters are now learning more about Rick Perry's position on Social Security and find it troubling that he has refused to answer questions on what the Social Security program would look like at the state level, as Rick Perry suggests."
The Romney release goes on to press Perry on the finer points of his repeated suggestion that Social Security could be ended at the federal level and instead relegated to the states, asking, for example, what would happen to people who lived in one state and then moved to another to retire.
Perry's camp pushed back, accusing Romney of breaking faith with the GOP.