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Continued: GOP Senate hopeful McFadden makes money splash; next up, building a political identity

  • Article by: PATRICK CONDON , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 24, 2013 - 11:25 AM

A major field of debate between Franken and his opponent is likely to be how to reduce the national debt. McFadden said Congress has to tackle the costs of Social Security and Medicare, and he suggested one way could be raising the eligibility age of 65 for both programs.

"Not for people near the retirement age now — that's not fair because they don't have time to change their planning," McFadden said. "But it seems to me that some conversation around some age, and below, that the age upon which you receive these benefits would increase. The logic behind this would be that the mortality rate has gone up since those programs were created."

Democrats have already seized on McFadden's comments about changing entitlement programs. Franken has said Social Security should be off the table.

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