June 11, 2009

Ad Buy Western Pennsylvania

For Immediate Release

Retirees Bolster TV Campaign on McCain Social Security “Disgrace” Comments

Alliance for Retired Americans to Continue Airing Ads Until Senator Apologizes;
Western Pennsylvania Buy Coincides with McCain Visit

Washington, DC – The Alliance for Retired Americans is bolstering its television advertising campaign responding to Senator John McCain’s statement that Social Security is “a disgrace” with a three-day heavy ad buy beginning tomorrow in Western Pennsylvania.

The issue ads will run tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday in Altoona, Johnstown, and Washington, PA, coinciding with McCain’s visit to Washington on Saturday.

Click here to view the advertisements, which will run during shows popular with older audiences. The Alliance plans to run similar ads as Senator McCain visits other cities in the coming weeks.

“The forty-two million Social Security recipients are our nation’s elderly, our widows and widowers, and our young children who have seen a parent die – helping them is not a disgrace,” said Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. “Since Senator McCain has so far refused to apologize for his comments, we will continue to tell Americans how he really feels about Social Security until he does.”

Speaking at a July 7 town hall meeting, Senator McCain said, “Americans have got to understand that we are paying present-day retirees with the taxes paid by young workers in America today.  And that’s a disgrace. It’s an absolute disgrace, and it’s got to be fixed.”

The Senator previously advocated for Social Security privatization in an interview appearing in the March 3 edition on The Wall Street Journal, where he said, “As part of Social Security reform, I believe that private savings accounts are a part of it — along the lines that President Bush proposed.”

Yet, media accounts have revealed that despite Senator McCain’s views toward the program, he received $23,157 in Social Security benefits in 2007, an average of $1,929.75 each month.

According to Jean Friday, President of Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans, “Senator McCain’s disparaging comment toward Social Security – and his support for throwing a privatized system to the whims of the stock market while the costs of gas, groceries and health care are already out of reach for many Keystone State retirees – shows a lack of understanding of the challenges faced by seniors in Pennsylvania and across the country.”

For digital copies of the advertisement suitable for broadcast or for complete transcripts, please contact Marcie Kohenak at (202) 637-5178 or mkohenak@retiredamericans.org.

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