CONCORD, NH — This morning, Bob Burns joined Jack Heath on Good Morning New Hampshire, where he delivered one of his wildest lies to date — “Nobody is talking about privatizing Social Security.”
FACT CHECK: Washington Republicans, who Burns says that he hopes to join, have openly said they are planning to create a debt ceiling crisis to force cuts to the program if they gain control of Congress.
Not only are his fellow New Hampshire Republicans openly talking about dismantling Social Security, Burns’s fellow Republican Congressional candidate Karoline Leavitt promised that she’d write the bill to privatize Social Security herself and raise the retirement age.
She’s not the only New Hampshire Republican running for federal office who has shown support for this. GOP U.S. Senate candidate Don Bolduc has promised that he would work until “we no longer have Social Security,” which he said was “for a different time, for a different place” and is “bankrupting” the country. He said that “it’s time for change” and even called to cut “$2 trillion from Social Security.” The Union Leader reported that as recently as last week, Bolduc again doubled down on his call to end Social Security. And it’s not just Social Security on the line. In August, Bolduc promised to end Medicare as we know it — which would take away Medicare from the 307,000 Granite Staters currently enrolled in the program. Bolduc has also backed a scheme to raise the retirement age, slash Social Security’s Cost-of-Living Adjustment, and cut $1.2 trillion from Medicare.
In response, NHDP Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement: “I’m not sure what world Bob Burns is living in, but New Hampshire Republicans running for federal office have made their intentions to eliminate Social Security crystal clear. This is one of the most bald-faced lies Burns has told to date, and that is saying something.”