The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has a new ad out accusing Republican former senator and governor George Allen of wanting to privatize Social Security.
The ad features an elderly Virginian, shown going to the mailbox, presumably to retrieve his Social Security check. Later, he looks in dismay at images of the Senate candidate on his (perhaps inadvertently impressive-looking) entertainment center.
“To some people, Social Security is just a number,” the man says. “But to me, it’s money that I earned. “I count on Social Security, and I don’t want Washington politicians like George Allen privatizing it. If George Allen wants to risk his own money on Wall Street, that’s fine. But I don’t want him risking mine.”
The ad hangs its hat in part on a vote Allen cast in March 2006, when he was in the U.S. Senate, for an amendment that would have diverted Social Security’s annual surpluses into a reserve fund to set up private accounts.
In response, Allen’s campaign lashed out at supporters of his Democratic rival for the open Senate seat, former Virginia governor Tim Kaine.
“Tim Kaine’s allies are once again pulling out their tired and failed scare tactics from their Washington playbook,” said Emily Davis, a spokeswoman for Allen. “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. As governor, George Allen removed the Virginia tax on Social Security and believes that same leadership is needed in Washington to preserve Social Security and Medicare for future generations."