Kurt Schrader released a misleading ad attacking Scott Bruun’s record on Social Security.
“Kurt Schrader has become so desperate that he’s resorted to lies while ignoring his own abysmal record. Bruun has a clear record of supporting seniors and will fight for reforms that protect Social Security for all generations, while Schrader has voted for $500 billion in Medicare cuts that will hurt Oregon seniors. It’s clear Schrader is trying to change the channel from his own record of failed policies and reckless spending.” said Alee Lockman, Scott Bruun for Congress spokeswoman
Schrader’s Claim: “Scott Bruun’s the one who wants to privatize Social Security.”
The Facts: Bruun does not support privatization: “I do not support privatizing Social Security.” (Straight Talk, “August 7, 2010: Republican State Rep. Scott Bruun,” KGW, 08/07/2010)
“Bruun, saying that he was calling for putting ‘options on the table’ rather than definitely calling for Social Security privatization, called the federal budget ‘an absolute disaster.’” (Herb Swett, “Congressional candidates debate,” Keizertimes, 09/20/2010)
Bruun believes benefits must be maintained for those who are soon to be recipients: “As far as social security, Bruun said he doesn’t think there should be any change in benefits.” (Lindsay Keefer, “Candidates speak at Chamber forum,” Woodburn Independent, 09/12/2010)
Bruun believes in reform, not privatization: “The people who talk about privatizing are talking about changing the whole system. I’m not talking about changing the whole system. I’m talking about fixing the system that exists.” (Straight Talk, “August 7, 2010: Republican State Rep. Scott Bruun,” KGW, 08/07/2010)