“You pick the time and the place,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) offered Thursday, challenging Joe Biden to a debate, during the president’s visit to Florida, regarding Biden’s claim that Republicans want to cut Social Security and Medicare.
Scott tweeted the invitation to Biden just before one in the afternoon, saying he wanted an opportunity to dispel Biden’s lies:
“Welcome to Florida, @Joebiden. Since you can’t stop talking about me and lying to Floridians about Social Security and Medicare, I’m sure you’ll accept my invitation to debate the issue. I’ll be back in Florida tonight. You pick the time and place.”
In his Florida speech on Thursday, Biden claimed it is Republicans’ “dream” to cut Social Security and Medicare. Reuters quotes Biden’s comment:
“I know that a lot of Republicans, their dream is to cut Social Security and Medicare. Well, let me say this: If that’s your dream, I’m your nightmare.”
According to CNN’s account of Thursday’s speech, Biden vowed to “veto” Scott’s obsolete proposal:
“Referencing his ‘spirited debate’ with Republicans at the State of the Union, Biden called Scott’s proposal ‘outrageous’ and vowed to veto it.
“‘The very idea the senator from Florida wants to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block every five years I find to be somewhat outrageous. So outrageous that you might not even believe it,’ he said, pulling out a pamphlet detailing Scott’s plan.”
Scott has said that his proposal was “aimed at dealing with all the crazy new laws our Congress has been passing of late.”
In Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, Biden drew jeers when he claimed Republicans are trying to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits:
“Instead of making the wealthy pay their fair share, some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to sunset every five years.
“That means if Congress doesn’t vote to keep them, those programs will go away.
“Other Republicans say if we don’t cut Social Security and Medicare, they’ll let America default on its debt for the first time in our history.”
“Joe Biden had no accomplishments to tout in his State of the Union speech, so he told lies instead,” Sen. Scott said in a press release on Wednesday, in anticipation the president’s visit to Florida.
Scott’s statement, which cites some Biden’s past proposals, says that history shows it’s been Biden, not Republicans, who has tried to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid:
“Biden hurled the tired and false attack that Republicans want to get rid of Medicare and Social security. That will never be true no matter how many times Democrats say it. However, what is true is that Joe Biden has a long history of pushing cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and even Veterans benefits.”
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