In meeting with seniors, Barnes slams Johnson on Social Security, Medicare

MONONA, Wis. — Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Mandela Barnes met with older voters at a diner in Monona on Monday.

During the event, Barnes criticized his opponent, incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, for his record on Social Security and Medicare.

In August, Johnson proposed moving the two programs out of automatic “entitlement” spending and instead moving them into the “discretionary” budget.

“We’re talking about the retirement savings that is a lifeline for people, and to put it on the chopping block, to put it in jeopardy, to put it up to whatever the politics of the day are, Ron Johnson could not be concerned about the lives of our retired community,” Barnes said.

For his part, Johnson said he does not want to eliminate Social Security and Medicare. He said his proposal reflects out-of-control government spending.

Barnes said he wants to do things like blocking the privatization of Social Security and lowering the eligibility age for Medicare.