Edwards Tries to make Clinton Flip Flop Label Stick

By James Berger

Oct 13, 2007 3:46pm

ABC News’ Raelyn Johnson reports: Former Sen. John Edwards sought to recast the image of Sen. Hillary Clinton as a flip-flopper on matters of Social Security on Saturday.

"The American people need a president who will be straight with them, who will be honest about the greatest challenges our government faces. And one of the most important of those is the looming Social Security crisis," said Edwards during a town hall meeting in Keane, N.H. this afternoon.

"First, Senator Clinton said she would just wait for things to get better. Now, she has apparently told some people that she really supports my idea of asking people who make more than $200,000 a year to contribute a little more," said Edwards, speaking to a revelation that last week Clinton privately told a voter she would consider applying the Social Security tax after publicly dodging the proposal.

During an AARP debate in September, Clinton was asked if she agreed with Edwards’ proposal.  Clinton responded saying, "I want to focus on the fiscal responsibility piece of this," adding, "before we do anything else, we need to get back to what was working."

Edwards has been a vocal supporter of imposing a 12.4 percent Social Security tax to income above $200,000 while exempting income between $97,500 and $200,000.

Edwards highlighted Clinton’s discrepancy by saying, "I don’t believe open government means popular answers in public and honest candor in private."

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