Haley Floats Social Security Reform Trial Balloon In Iowa

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks at an annual leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
  • Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley took aim at the nation’s financially troubled safety nets for seniors, telling Council Bluff, Iowa, Republicans that it’s time to change the retirement age and check Social Security and Medicare benefits for wealthier Americans.
  • If the former South Carolina governor was sending out a trial balloon to see how reform ideas would fly in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, it seems said balloon may have hit the third rail.
  • Haley’s campaign mentioned nothing of her Social Security/Medicare ideas in its usual post-event barrage of press releases. We heard all about Haley’s “packed” town hall in the gathering room of Council Bluffs’ Thunderbowl. Team Haley peppered one press release with media tweets about how popular the Republican is, how she blasted Democrats and Republicans for the nation’s debt problems, and how tweaked the noses of her likely GOP opponents.
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