Social Security Gets Small Spotlight On Republican Debate Stage

Views on Social Security and retirement age were noted by presidential hopefuls in the third Republican debate.

Republican debate stage with candidates Republican Presidential Debate at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on November 8, 2023. Left to right are former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former United Chris Christie, Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy and Tim Scott.
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Social Security reform grabbed only a small part of the spotlight this week as five presidential hopefuls at the third Republican presidential debate offered only brief views on whether the retirement age of the program should be changed.

Kristen Welker, host of NBC’s Meet the Press and one of the moderators of the debate, which was held in Miami, kicked off the subject by saying that Social Security benefits could be drastically cut in the next decade because the program is running out of money. She quoted former President Donald Trump, who did not participate in the debate, as saying that Republicans should not cut entitlements, and asked the candidates to respond.

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Esther D’Amico
Senior News Editor

Esther D’Amico is Kiplinger’s senior news editor. A long-time antitrust and congressional affairs journalist, Esther has covered a range of beats including infrastructure, climate change and the industrial chemicals sector. She previously served as chief correspondent for a financial news service where she chronicled debates in and out of Congress, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department with a particular focus on large mergers and acquisitions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and in English.