At a press conference in the eastern part of the district, Republican congressional candidate Elise M. Stefanik walked away from reporters’ questions about her specific proposals for preserving Social Security.
Ms. Stefanik held the press conference at the Greater Glens Falls Senior Center to talk about her positions on Medicare and Social Security. She is scheduled to be in Watertown today to conduct a similar event.
Last week, Ms. Stefanik told the Times that she proposed raising the retirement age for future generations, with no changes for those in or near retirement.
Albany television station WNYT captured Ms. Stefanik’s reaction to a question about how she would define “near retirement.”
Ms. Stefanik ended the press conference after being pressed for specifics, according to WNYT.
In the video, Ms. Stefanik can be seen walking away from reporters and through the parking lot of the Senior Center with one of her campaign aides while members of the press continue to ask her questions, including to what age she would raise the retirement age and for what “generation” she would raise it.
“She did not enter the senior center, or stay to talk with her supporters,” according to WNYT.
In her interview with the Times, Ms. Stefanik also said she was in favor of means-testing Social Security so those with fewer resources receive a greater percentage of benefits and adjusting the cost of living using a chain-weighted consumer price index.
A “chain-CPI” accounts for substitutions and changes consumers make in their spending habits to account for changing costs of certain goods and services.
Ms. Stefanik is running for the 21st Congressional District seat held by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh. Mr. Owens is not seeking re-election. Ms. Stefanik is facing Democrat Aaron G. Woolf and Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello in a November general election.
Their positions on Social Security can be found here: http://wdt.me/7vMkK2
Ms. Stefanik is scheduled to hold a press conference from 3:30-4:00 p.m. today in front of her Watertown office to speak again about her positions on Social Security and Medicare.