Social Security Divides Candidates

Experts question wisdom of Obama's broaching topic
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2008 10:29 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill, seen here during a news conference in St. Louis, Mo., Monday, July 7, 2008. Obama has discussed his own proposal for fixing Social Security.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – John McCain and Barack Obama are pitching profoundly different approaches to saving Social Security, the Washington Post reports. While McCain favors a mix of strategies including raising the retirement age, reducing increases in benefits, and introducing private savings accounts, Obama intends to bolster the program with higher taxes on upper-income workers.

Each candidates criticize the other's plan, but many experts question Obama’s attempt to offer any fix for a problem usually evaded on the campaign trail. "From the standpoint of the Democratic Party, I would think it would make the most sense to leave it alone," said one policy expert. "It's not an immediate, pressing issue." (Read more Social Security stories.)