Clinton Says She Would Protect Social Security From Privatization And Other Changes

Tuesday, September 4th 2007, 5:35 pm
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton promised retirees that if elected president she will not cut Social Security benefits, raise the retirement age or privatize the taxpayer-funded system.

The New York senator told the AARP's legislative conference that she would bring a ``renewed national commitment to Social Security'' to the White House.

``This is the most successful domestic program in the history of the United States,'' Clinton said to applause from seniors gathered in Washington to push their policy agenda. ``When I'm president, privatization is off the table because it's not the answer to anything.''

She also said she does not support cutting benefits or increasing the retirement age. Seniors can begin collecting partial benefits at age 62, with full benefits available at age 67 for those born in 1960 or later. Clinton said instead she will protect the program through fiscal responsibility and criticized President Bush's leadership on the issue.

Bush sought to change the program to create personal savings accounts while trimming future benefits for workers younger than 55. Democrats rallied in opposition, and Republicans shrank from the political challenge of remaking a program that provides benefits to millions of elderly voters.