With a hat tip to resident flip-flop historian Eric Jotkoff (one of the non-sliders in Florida Democrat-land) here’s another helpful Marco Rubio, “yes he does support privatizing Social Security” flashback (to go along with this one.) Last September, Rubio signed onto right wing radio host Laura Ingraham’s “Ten for 10″ candidate pledge to support 10 conservative ideas in the 2010 election cycle, which labeled Social Security as “generational theft.” Here’s plank #8 in the pledge:
Idea 8: End generational theft. I am running for U.S. Senate to ensure America continues the now-threatened tradition of passing down a stronger, more prosperous America to future generations of Americans. As few believe America’s entitlement programs will be able to pay benefits to future generations, I support providing younger workers the choice of diverting Social Security payroll taxes into personal retirement accounts. Seniors and near-retirees would not be affected.
You can read the whole pledge, and see Rubio’s name on the signatory list here.
And courtesy of a Rubio fan+, here’s audio of the candidate doing an interview with Ingraham, back when he was the underdog in the GOP primary against Charlie Crist. Note his enthusiasm for the “Ten” ideas, none of which he walks one inch away from:
So who else signed the “Ten for 10″ pledge?
Dick Armey, whose Freedomworks has become part of his personal crusade to privatize Social Security and separate it from Medicare, mostly so he personally wouldn’t have to give up his blue chip federal health plan upon retirement, since you have to take both Social Security and Medicare, or give them both up. Armey even sued to try and separate them so he could keep his Cadillac plan.
Rep. Jep Hensarling of Texas, mentioned above as the guy who came out explicitly for privatizing Social Security, prompting me to ask the question of the Rubio campaign.
Steve Forbes, whose opinion on Social Security is that 75 percent of each worker’s share should be invested by Wall Street, and who also, conveniently enough, has endorsed Marco Rubio. And what does Rubio’s website promote about Forbes?
In both 1996 and 2000, Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for President. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice in education, term limits and a strong national defense. Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda and serves on the boards of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
And other luminaries, like Michelle Malkin and Erick Erickson, the incendiary Commandant of RedState.com.
But most of the signers are elected officials and candidates for office, who are signing, not just for shits and giggles, but as a promise that they will support, and implement the “ideas” if elected.
Also, in May, the guy Rubio cribs many of his ideas from, Rep. Paul Ryan, praised Rubio for endorsing his “Road Map,” including his push to privatize both Social Security and Medicare.
So when Marco Rubio tries to pass himself off as gosh, just this cool, moderate guy who wants no part of privatizing Social Security, since “the time for that has come and gone” — and not sure what has “passed” between last September and now — Florida voters ought to at least understand that what he’s doing is smart marketing, but he isn’t telling the truth. And the next time Bob Schieffer gets Mr. Rubio on camera for an interview, perhaps his producers will use the Google, and come up with some harder hitting questions.