Progressives have spread the idea that there is a wide gulf between Schatz and Hanabusa on Social Security, when their differences are actually more on emphasis than policy.
From Jim Dean, the chair of Democracy for America, in a fundraising appeal:
We have just two weeks left to protect Social Security from a corporate Democrat -- by re-electing progressive hero Brian Schatz to the Senate.
The stakes are high. Schatz's opponent in the Democratic primary for the Hawaii Senate seat, Colleen Hanabusa, voted for the Simpson-Bowles plan that would have cut Social Security benefits. If Schatz wins, it will send a message to Democrats across America that attacking Social Security is a losing proposition.