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Did Obama Mislead on Social Security Cuts?

1:48 PM, Sep 22, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Yesterday, when speaking via video to the AARP, President Obama said, “But what I’m not going to do, as a matter of principle, is to slash benefits or privatize Social Security and suddenly turn it over to Wall Street.”

Yet last year, during the budget ceiling debate, President Obama said he'd be up for cutting Social Security.

“We then offered an additional $650 billion in cuts to entitlement programs -- Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. We believed that it was possible to shape those in a way that preserved the integrity of the system, made them available for the next generation, and did not affect current beneficiaries in an adverse way,” Obama said July 22, 2011.

And three days before that, Obama said he was willing to modify Social Security. “So here's where we stand.  We have a Democratic President and administration that is prepared to sign a tough package that includes both spending cuts, modifications to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare that would strengthen those systems and allow them to move forward, and would include a revenue component,” Obama said then.

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