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Lewyn Addresses America

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I didn’t see the debate but I have read some of the media coverage.  Right-wing media, blog commenters etc. seem to be more pro-Perry, not surprisingly.

One issue that has come up is: will Perry’s remarks about Social Security being a “Ponzi scheme” hurt him?

My thought: not in a Republican primary.

When Republican primary voters read those words, they don’t see “abolish Social Security”; instead they see “Social Security is broken and needs to be fixed.”

The only way Romney can turn the issue to his advantage is to make Perry say something that sounds more like the former than the latter.  “Ponzi Scheme” is too ambiguous to cut it.



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