LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul said Sunday the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare may need to be raised for future recipients.
But Paul, speaking during the first televised debate of the general election season with Democratic opponent Jack Conway, said he doesn't want to change those benefits for older people already receiving them. The debate was aired on FOX News.
"But we do have to admit that we have the baby boom generation getting ready to retire, and we're going to double the amount of retirees," he said. "And to put our head in the sand and just say we're just going to keep borrowing more money is not going to work. There will have to be changes for the younger generation."
Major issues of the race thus far have revolved around spending and taxes.
Paul has become a favorite of the tea party with his positions on smaller government and a balanced budget. Conway has also appealed to tea partiers, describing himself as a fiscally responsible Democrat who understands why voters are frustrated about rising federal spending.
Paul and Republican leaders have tried to paint Conway as a clone of the Obama administration. Conway said Sunday that he would have supported "some" of President Barack Obama's initiatives, including the health care reforms. He said he would have voted against bailouts.
"There was not enough accountability in them," he said. "We had people getting bonuses after getting the bailouts."
The two candidates also clashed over the health care reforms, which Paul has ardently opposed.
"I'd like to fix health care," Conway said. "He'd like to repeal it."
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