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Gore Attacks Bush on Social Security

Wednesday, 01 November 2000 12:00 AM

The Gore campaign has deluged voters in key states with advertisements claiming that Bush's proposal to partially privatize Social Security voluntarily would bankrupt the system and force cuts in benefits to people who retire 20 years from now. Gore strategists believe that message will resonate most strongly in Florida, with its huge crop of retiree voters.

Making his eighth visit to Florida Wednesday since the political conventions, Gore extended his criticism of Bush's Social Security plan, arguing that it is not only the elderly who should be concerned, but middle-aged workers who would be ready to retire in 15 to 20 years.

"Today's middle-aged workers are the heart of our workforce and the heart of family life in America," Gore said during a speech at the Kissimmee Civic Center, "and they shouldn't have to worry whether Social Security will be there for them when they retire."

Gore argued these workers are least likely to benefit from Bush's plan to allow for private investment of Social Security benefits, because these workers will not have enough time for those investments to mature before retiring.

Gore criticized Bush for not releasing more details about how his plan would be financed, but added: "That's fine. We're going to win Florida, and it won't matter."

Both candidates have targeted the state as a key to their election Tuesday. Many election observers believe that whoever wins Florida will be the next president.

Bush will be in Florida Sunday – his ninth visit – for a series of airport rallies.

Bush's father, former president George Bush, his mother and his brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, wound up a statewide campaign swing Tuesday at United Baptist Church in Orlando.

While Gore was campaigning on the Gulf Coast and in central Florida Wednesday, his running mate, Sen. Joe Lieberman, was scheduled for a stop in Daytona Beach.

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