Doocy attempts to conceal Sharron Angle's position on Social Security


During an interview with Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle (NV), Fox & Friends' Steve Doocy suggested that it is "misinformation" and "not true" that Angle wants to "get rid of Social Security." In fact, Angle's campaign website advocates "transition[ing] out" Social Security.

Doocy falsely suggests it's "misinformation" that Angle wants to "get rid of Social Security"

Doocy calls Angle's stated position on Social Security "misinformation or mischaracterization." On the June 14 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, Doocy asked Angle: "Perhaps it's misinformation or mischaracterization, but some have said that you are out to get rid of Social Security. That's not true, right?" From the June 14 edition of Fox & Friends:

DOOCY: Before you go, Sharron, just, you know, perhaps it's misinformation or mischaracterization, but some have said that you are out to get rid of Social Security. That's not true, right?

ANGLE: Well, that's nonsense. I have always said that we need to make the lock box -- a lock box. Put the money in there for our senior citizens. They came here in good faith paying into a system that Harry Reid has put an IOU in for 24 years. He has been raiding Social Security. And what we need to do is personalize Social Security and Medicare so that the government can no longer raid it.

Angle's website advocates "transition[ing] out" Social Security

Angle's campaign website advocates "[f]ree market alternatives" as Social Security "is transitioned out." Angle's campaign website explains her position on Social Security (emphasis added):

Social Security and its attendant Medicare are broken and bankrupt systems because we, as voting citizens, have allowed congress to transform these systems from insurance programs to and entitlement programs. The government must continue to keep its contract with seniors, who entered into the system on good faith and now are depending on that contract. (Pat Boone, a champion for seniors and the spokesman for 60's Plus, has endorsed Sharron Angle's candidacy.)

Free market alternatives, which offer retirement choices to employees and employers, must be developed and offered to those still in their wage earning years, as the Social Security system is transitioned out. Young workers must be encouraged to investigate personal retirement account options.

Fox News' Camerota: Angle "wants to phase out Social Security." On the June 12 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends Saturday, host Alisyn Camerota asked Sarah Palin: "You supported Sharron Angle. I don't have to tell you that she has some controversial positions. She wants to do away with the federal income tax and she wants to phase out Social Security. Do you support those positions?"

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