During a United Steelworkers convention in Las Vegas, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) lashed out at those who had proposed rolling back Social Security benefits.

“There has been too much discussion in this country — not just from Republicans, but from Democrats alike — that we should be making cuts in Social Security,” he said. That is wrong.”

“When Social Security was developed in the 1930s, its goal was to cut down on senior poverty. And when it was developed, 50 percent of seniors lived in poverty. Today, poverty amongst seniors is too high, but that number is 10 percent. Social Security has done exactly what it was designed to do.”

“I will be damned if they’re going to cut Social Security,” Sanders added.

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