Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one of several Republican candidates for president, thinks Americans his age or younger — he's 47 — should be "ready for reform" when it comes to retirement options.
In an interview with The Daily Signal, Walker gave a glimpse at what his campaign pitch will be when it comes to the issue.
"I was born on November 2, 1967 and so the reason I say that is that anyone older than me should be protected," Walker said. "The cinch should be, 'hey you made plans for your retirement no matter who you are, no matter what your background, no matter what your income, you made decisions about your retirement based upon a commitment that the government had made, a commitment to people to say you worked this many years under the system and that ultimately this is where Social Security and Medicare are going to be at.' I think those individuals should be protected going forward.
"For people my age and younger, we live in a whole different world. We live in a 401K society, we're ready for reform. I think we think it's realistic not just for ourselves but our children and someday our grandchildren that we put in place reforms."
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Walker also spoke about the social security retirement age during an interview last month.
"We'll talk about reform, but only for those — I was born on November 2, 1967 — for anybody older than me, we're not touching social security," Walker said in the Fox News interview, as reported by The Daily Caller.
And two years ago, Walker boasted about Wisconsin's stable pension system that he said was fully funded.
"They have a pension system that's not even halfway funded," Walker said of Illinois, according to Politifact.
"Now, in contrast, in our state, our pension system is the only one in the country 100 percent funded."
Walker joined the crowded field of 14 other Republican presidential contenders on Monday.
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