ICYMI: State House Dome: Weighing 2024 run, Sununu touches third rail
In case you missed it, Kevin Landrigan’s State House Dome column this week showcased Chris Sununu’s support for putting Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block.
Sununu’s support for going after these critical programs aligns him with extreme MAGA Republicans vying for the White House like Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Ron DeSantis — all of whom have repeatedly pushed unpopular cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Read the full column here. Key Excerpts:
NEW HAMPSHIRE GOV. and potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate Chris Sununu touched the third rail of American politics last week when he said privatization of Social Security should be on the table for discussion.
During an interview with an NBC affiliate station in Washington, Sununu said it was “ludicrous” that the leading 2024 contenders in both parties oppose making any changes to the entitlement program.
As for reform options, Sununu was not specific.
While serving in the U.S. Senate in 2005, John E. Sununu, the governor’s older brother, proposed a privatization plan with then-Rep. and eventual House Speaker Paul Ryan, which the George W. Bush White House turned into another commission on entitlements.
During the same interview, Gov. Sununu pushed back on portraying him as the “centrist lane” candidate… “Not the centrist lane. It’s more the pro-business, free market, individual freedom lane. I think there’s a lot of room for support in that lane,” Sununu said.
New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley said Sununu won’t be able to pull off this attempt to brand himself.
“What is ‘ludicrous’ here is the idea that Sununu is in any way a ‘moderate.’ Hundreds of thousands of Granite Staters rely on Social Security and Medicare, and Sununu has made it clear he is clearly a threat to these critical programs,” Buckley said in a statement.
“He has once again shown his true MAGA colors by joining the ranks of some of the biggest proponents of cutting these key programs — Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Ron DeSantis.”