Rick Perry Campaign Refuses To Rule Out Ending Social Security

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September 8, 2011 4:33 a.m.

Make no mistake about it: Rick Perry is running against Social Security. Last night in the debate, Perry stood by his oft-repeated claims that the popular government retirement program is a Ponzi Scheme and a “failure.”

And after the debate, Team Perry refused to rule out ending the program all together under a Perry presidency.From the Huffington Post’s Jon Ward:

A top Perry aide refused, under repeated questions from The Huffington Post, to rule out the idea that Perry would favor dissolving altogether the 76-year-old program that pays out benefits to seniors.

“I’m not going to parse his words,” Perry aide Ray Sullivan told Ward after the debate when asked “why he would not just say that Perry does not want to end the program.”

“You’ll need to talk to them about what they’re saying and why,” Sullivan said, referring to the Romney campaign which has made Perry’s Social Security talk a central line of attack.

“The governor’s made his position clear that he wants to fix Social Security,” Sullivan said.

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