The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is up with a new ad hitting Republican U.S. Senate candidate on Social Security.
The ad, titled “Some People,” accuses Allen — who is locked in a tight race with fellow former governor Timothy M. Kaine — of seeking to privatize the entitlement program.
Edwin Williams, a senior citizens from Virginia, serves as the narrator.
“To some people Social Security is just a number. But to me, it’s money that I earned,” he says. “I count on Social Security. And I don’t want Washington politicians like George Allen privatizing it.”
Allen has said he supports the option of personalized private retirement benefits.
“If George Allen wants to risk his own money on Wall Street, that’s fine. But I don’t want him risking mine,” Williams says. “George Allen just isn’t watching out for us.”
The ad closes with text that reads: “George Allen: Bad for Social Security. Bad for Virginia.”
“Tim Kaine’s allies are once again pulling out their tired and failed scare tactics from their Washington playbook,” responded Allen campaign spokeswoman Emily Davis. “While Washington’s debt-driven spending sprees and job-destroying policies further diminish the underpinnings of Social Security and Medicare, George Allen has made it a priority to keep our promises to our seniors and work across party lines to find solutions to strengthen these programs.”
Davis noted that Allen, as governor, removed the state tax on Social Security and said Allen believed in preserving both Medicare and Social Security.