Social Security: Where Do the 2020 Candidates Stand?

The C-SPAN video from 1995 is grainy, but the audio is clear: Senator Joe Biden is heard bragging about his support for freezing spending on Social Security as part of broader deficit reduction legislation.

“I’m up for re-election this year, and I’m going to remind everybody what I did, at home, which is going to cost me politically. When I argued that we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security as well. I meant Medicare and Medicaid. I meant veterans benefits — I meant every single solitary thing in the government,” Mr. Biden says in the video. “And I not only tried it once, I tried it twice, I tried it a third time and I tried it a fourth time.”

The New York Times