Conyers: Obama Proposed Social Security Cuts In Debt Talks, Not Republicans

By Nicholas Ballasy | August 1, 2011 | 6:53 AM EDT

( – The Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee John Conyers (D-Mich.) said that President Barack Obama proposed cuts to Social Security in the debt limit negotiations, not congressional Republicans.

“Because everybody’s criticizing republicans. Guess what? Every Republican that’s in the Congress was legitimately elected like all of us – that was a choice that voters made,” said Conyers when speaking with the Out of Poverty Caucus at the Capitol on Wednesday.

“Now, whether they still made it wisely or they still stick to it remains to be seen but I say we’ve got to educate the American people at the same time that we educate the president of the United States because the Republicans, the Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Cantor did not call for Social Security cuts in the budget deal – the president of the United States called for that and my response to him is to mass thousands of people in front of the White House to protest this.”


Ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) ( Starr) asked Conyers, “You made the point that the president called for cuts to Social Security. Do you think that has made a lot of his supporters angry?”


Conyers responded, “Well, sure, sure, it’s made me angry but that doesn’t mean he’s losing his base and the debt ceiling debate, everybody knows it’s the Republicans that are trying to blow the debt ceiling and a couple of other people I won’t mention that are running for president.”