(CNSNews.com) – President Biden has accused Republicans of trying to cut Social Security and Medicare, but when he was a senator, Biden took a lot of positions that would have reduced Social Security benefits for current recipients, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday.
“Biden when he was in the Senate, he took a lot of positions that would have reduced Social Security benefits for current recipients. He wanted to freeze Social Security payments which as you know If you have inflation, it would cause seniors to lose ground. I have more seniors here than just about anyone as a percentage,” DeSantis told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday.
“We’re not going to mess with Social Security as Republicans. I think that’s pretty clear. If you look at the last 5 or 6 years, Dana, we’ve had an unprecedented binge in discretionary spending,” the governor said.
He argued that what has fueled inflation was the printing of “trillions of dollars.”
“There’s a lot of the budget people used to say– they would blame Social Security or Medicare for budget woes, but the reality is they have printed trillions of dollars, and that has really fueling the inflation, and not only that, the discretionary spending is funding agencies that are doing things that are hostile to the rights of the American people and have really been weaponized against factions of the society that the elite ruling class doesn’t like,” DeSantis said.
When asked how much a Trump endorsement matters to Republicans, the governor said, “You know, I don’t know. I think our voters always make their own decisions and they consider obviously endorsements, and at that time when he was president his was the big enchilada, but our voters want to look at you and size you up and they take this responsibility very, very seriously, but when I wrote that in the book about the consequential, the fact is there was a big difference between me and my Democrat opponent in 2018.
“You couldn’t probably have been any different. That would have been consequential no matter what, but then when we had the covid pandemic, you would have had a difference between how I ran Florida and a governor that would have replicated the New York and California models. That caused people to flee the states to Florida,” he said.
“I don’t think we would have been able to survive the way those states handled it, and I think the way we did it, we’re booming – the number one fastest growing state leading in net migration, record budget surplus, low taxes, full employment, a point and a half below the national average,” DeSantis said.
“I think it all goes back to that election, and now just as Republicans, what have we done with Florida? When I got elected it was a one-point race almost every election between governor and president,” he said.
“We were able to go from winning by 32,000 votes to winning by over 1.5 million votes, sweeping Hispanics by over 60%, winning Miami-Dade County by double digits, but we built an infrastructure for Republicans to where Florida should no longer be considered a swing state. This is a state that we have the strong advantage in now,” the governor said.
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