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The World-Herald asked Nebraska's two U.S. Senate candidates to address several issues of importance in the 2012 campaign. This is one in a series of topics and responses.
Entitlement reform and taxes
Deb Fischer (R)
“I oppose cutting benefits for Americans over the age of 40. The government should honor its commitment to seniors. However, we need to make key reforms in order to save Medicare and Social Security for younger generations. For younger Americans, I support increasing the retirement age and indexing it to life expectancy, and means testing both Social Security and Medicare.”
Bob Kerrey (D)
Former governor and former U.S. senator
“Reforming entitlements is a fiscal and moral imperative. Nebraskans under the age of 40 care deeply about (the) security of their parents and grandparents. The question is: Do we care as much about them? I have endorsed bipartisan solutions, not partisan slogans. I support efforts to simplify our tax code, reduce unnecessary tax breaks and lower overall rates.”