Ahead of Florida Swing, Romney Hits Perry on Social Security

Oct 4, 2011 8:26am

Ahead of a two-day swing through the battleground state of Florida, the Mitt Romney campaign released a new web video this morning highlighting how Gov. Rick Perry’s Social Security plan could impact the lives of senior citizens in the Sunshine State.

The video, titled “Two Different Plans,” begins by stating Romney’s plan for Social Security, vowing to “reform and strengthen” the program and Perry’s plan as working to end the program and send it to the states.

Using Florida as an example, the video claims that under Perry’s plan the annual shortfall of $16 billion per year could cause “one in four seniors to lose benefits” or result in every Florida senior’s benefits getting cut by more than $4,000 a year.

The video ends by encouraging viewers to to go to Perry’s book, “Fed Up,” for more information.

Perry’s own assertion about his book closes the video.

“I haven’t backed off anything in my book,” says Perry. “So read the book again.”

According to the U.S. Census, individuals ages 65 and above make up about 17 percent of Florida’s population.

Later this afternoon,  Romney will hold a town hall at The Villages, a retirement community that boasts more than 8,000 residents.

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