FOSTER CAMPBELL COULD BE THE DECIDING VOTE ON CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

Campbell: "I will stand up to anyone who wants to sell our seniors out to Wall Street." 

The last seat up for grabs in the U.S. Senate could be the deciding vote on sweeping changes that would cut Medicare and Social Security benefits. Republicans are already fracturing on some of President-elect Trump's proposed appointments as well as on budget policy, leaving the vote count on these issues dangerously undecided. Campbell, a long-time populist known for his anti-Wall Street positions, would be one more vote against privatization plans for Medicare and Social Security that economists say would lead to cuts in benefits for seniors already living on fixed incomes. 

Campbell, endorsed by recently elected democratic Governor John Bel Edwards, faces John Neely Kennedy in the Louisiana U.S. Senate run-off election on December 10. Kennedy, the state's treasurer, allowed the privatization efforts pushed by Governor Bobby Jindal, which led to hospital and prison closures. In his failed 2008 bid for the U.S. Senate, Kennedy's record of supporting state pension privatization hurt his campaign. 

"I will stand up to anyone who wants to sell our seniors out to Wall Street. What is being proposed in Washington would absolutely gut our already struggling seniors in Louisiana," said Campbell. "On the other hand, John Kennedy has a record of helping Bobby Jindal borrow from Wall Street banks in bad deals that have cost our taxpayers hundreds of millions. His record shows he doesn't have the guts to do what's right." 

Ira Wray