A series highlighting the most damaging stances from this “chaotic” “free-for-all” primary
PENNSYLVANIA — In the lead up to the GOP Senate primary, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party is continuing our “Damaged Goods” series. Each day leading up to the primary, we’ll be highlighting a different example of how the GOP Senate candidates have damaged each other during their “chaotic,” “free-for-all” intra-party fight.
Today’s issue: Social Security and Medicare
Pennsylvania’s GOP primary is not only the nastiest and most expensive in the country, but it has also been a race to appease the most MAGA factions of the Republican party. As a result, whichever candidate emerges from the primary will find themselves completely out of step with the general election voters who will decide this race.
Both Connecticut hedge fund executive David McCormick and New Jersey daytime TV show host Mehmet Oz would be a vote for a GOP agenda that would sunset Medicare and Social Security while raising taxes on 35% of Pennsylvanians.
The two carpetbaggers also both supported Trump tax cuts, with McCormick going so far as to say they should be made permanent, a move that benefits the wealthy (like themselves) and corporations while threatening programs like Medicare and Social Security.
At a campaign event, McCormick was even caught putting a target on programs like Social Security and Medicare:
David McCormick, the former CEO of the powerful hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, is a leading Republican candidate in the critical battleground of Pennsylvania. At a meet-and-greet on March 25, he acknowledged that entitlements were a “third rail” but proceeded to touch it anyway.
While McCormick noted that “we made promises” to “anybody in this room that’s got gray hair,” he argued entitlements “aren’t sustainable in their current form for the future of our country.”
“I don’t think my kids are going to be able to live under the same entitlements that all of us that are here,” McCormick said. “We have to face that reality and do two things at the same time: keep our promises to people we made them to, and change our entitlements in a way that are defensible and fundable into the future.”
This nasty, expensive, MAGA primary is ensuring that no matter who wins, they’ll be significantly damaged and completely out of step with the general electorate.