Political Radar

Again and again

June 2nd, 2014

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has a new television advertisement up where she repeats her promise to protect Social Security and Medicare.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, Hanabusa's opponent in the Democratic primary, has made protecting Social Security and Medicare a campaign issue, even though Hanabusa has said there is no real difference between them and that Schatz is unnecessarily scaring seniors.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has endorsed Schatz, however, and believes there are distinctions between the two Democrats.

6 Responses to “Again and again”

  1. innocent observer:

    schatz said he wants to protect social security because of his father-in-law. as a senator that is a silly reason - you have to represent all of the people, not just your family and friends.

  2. kimo browner:

    Scatz took a page from his fellow democrat--Mazie Hirono and her mother in the 2012 US Senatorial election.

  3. Kolea:

    Hanabusa has previously said she was willing to consider including restrictions on Social Security as part of an overall budget deal, along the lines of Simpson-Bowles. Now she is swimming as fast as she can away from her earlier position and denying she had ever even hinted at such a thing.

    It is only because Schatz has taken a strong stand against cuts and against raising the age that Hanabusa is now trying to pretend she opposes cuts to SS.

  4. itoboy:

    Kolea: You are absolutely right. Typical disingenuous stuff from Hanabusa's camp - reminds me of a story by David Shapiro here: http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2010/Mar/31/op/hawaii3310321.html Hanabusa came up with a scheme to deflect public outrage by taking a token 5 percent pay cut after a 36 percent raise was safely in pocket. Then, she puts out a TV ad claiming Hanabusa "cut legislative salaries."

  5. Especially Incognito:

    Dante Carpenters Inferno.
    Allegory of Hawaii.

  6. Nala007:

    She is such a disingenuous schemer.

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