Former Vice President Mike Pence has blasted former President Donald Trump for his position on Social Security and Medicare, which he claims is “identical” to President Biden’s stance.
During an interview on The Dispatch, Pence said that Biden’s policy on Social Security and Medicare is “insolvency” without trying to take any action that would potentially help address the expected shortfall of both of these programs within the next decade. He then proceeded to add that Trump’s policy “is identical” to Biden’s and that this is why there won’t be any discussions about Social Security and Medicare. He then proceeded that they “owe my three granddaughters better than that.”
Pence has argued that if lawmakers do not take action in order to address the shortfalls in the programs, then people who rely on these programs are going to suffer. He added that the only other solution would be to double the taxes for the middle class.
These remarks come after a pro-Trump super PAC put out an ad targeting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for his previous position in favor of cutting programs like Social Security and Medicare. PolitiFact however rated these allegations about DeSantis’ stance as “half true.”
Trump has also criticized Nikki Haley, a former ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina governor currently running in the 2024 presidential race, for having previously supported cuts to the two programs.
Pence however argued that “common sense and compassionate reforms” needed to be introduced so that they can avert any “debt crisis” for the two programs.
Medicare is expected to shortfall by 2028 and Social Security by 2032.