Like many Republicans -- and virtually all tea party Republicans -- Marco Rubio does not dismiss the idea of privatizing Social Security. But on the trail running for Senate in Florida, where the senior citizen vote matters even more than it does other places, Rubio has made it clear that the time for a serious debate about betting Social Security money on the stock market has come and gone. At least he does sometimes. As Rachel Maddow pointed out on her show Friday night, Rubio started out the year calling for a partial privatization before later moving to the "let's not and say we did" senior-citizen-friendly position he holds today.
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The clip on Maddow came from the St. Petersburg Times and Miami Herald. It was taken at a Rubio event in January.
"I do think the retirement age issue is going to have to be confronted," Rubio says when asked about fixing Social Security. "The other is giving people the option of taking some of their Social Security money, at least a potion thereof, and investing it in an alternative to the Social Security system itself."
But wait, someone asks, wouldn't that mean people could lose all their Social Security money in a stock market crash if they made the wrong investments?
"Potentially," Rubio says. "It's their money."