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AARP ND Pushing for More on Candidates' Social Security Plans

North Dakota advocates are urging Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton to make Social Security reform a top priority. (iStockphoto)
North Dakota advocates are urging Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton to make Social Security reform a top priority. (iStockphoto)
July 21, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. -- As the Republican National Convention winds down and the Democrats prepare for theirs, North Dakota advocacy groups are pushing for more details on the presidential candidates' plans for Social Security.

With more baby boomers reaching retirement age, the system faces growing solvency challenges. The next president should make it a priority to protect the more than 60 million retirees and people with disabilities who are receiving Social Security benefits, said Josh Askvig with AARP North Dakota.

"This is an important issue for folks as they head to the polls,” Askvig said. “So candidates need to continue to give us details about what their plans are for updating Social Security for the 21st Century. And it's a test of presidential leadership, in our opinion."

About 90,000 older North Dakotans are currently receiving Social Security benefits. If the system continues as is, Askvig said, the next generation of recipients could lose up to $10,000 a year in benefits.

As part of AARP's "Take a Stand" campaign, both presidential front runners -Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump - recently laid out a few ideas to keep Social Security solvent. And while he believes that's a step in the right direction, Askvig said he's also urging the candidates to tackle the issue at their conventions.

"On the nights that both of the candidates will give their acceptance speeches there'll probably be millions across the country watching,” he said. "Nearly every one of them will be paying into Social Security or receiving benefits they earned. And so, this is a prime opportunity for them to tell us how they're going to act."

Clinton's plans include raising a Social Security tax cap on the country's highest earners. Meanwhile, Trump has suggested he would repeal the Affordable Care Act and lower corporate tax rates to help level the playing field.

Find out more about the Candidates' plans for Social Security here.

Brandon Campbell, Public News Service - ND