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Colorado candidate warns of GOP Social Security plan

WASHINGTON -- Republicans will revive their effort to overhaul Social Security after the November elections, a ``dangerous" plan that would cut benefits to senior citizens, the Democratic candidate for a Denver-area House seat said yesterday.

``We can and must stop them right now, before it's too late," Ed Perlmutter said in the Democrats' weekly radio address. ``Just last year, Democrats stood up to President Bush and the Republicans in Congress, and fought back against this dangerous proposal and defeated it."

Perlmutter, a former Colorado state senator, faces Republican Rick O'Donnell in a fierce contest for a House seat being vacated by Representative Bob Beauprez, a Republican who is running for governor.

The suburban district is nearly evenly split between Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated voters and has a large number of Social Security recipients.

Bush and many Republicans say Social Security is in danger of going bankrupt. The president promoted a complete overhaul last year, proposing private investment accounts for younger workers. The idea died after Democrats attacked the program as a hidden effort to cut future benefits.

Perlmutter lodged a similar attack yesterday, contending that the Republican plan would ``threaten senior citizens who worked hard, played by the rules, and simply seek to live their golden years with some financial stability and security."

Republicans ``are sending billions of dollars to special interests in giveaways that taxpayers are paying for," he said.

``There has never been a more critical moment to ensure that we take our nation in a new direction," Perlmutter said.

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