Al Franken's wife Franni Franken has thrown herself into the Minnesota House race in support of Michele Bachmann's likely opponent, Tarryl Clark, blasting Bachmann's radical ideas about Social Security and Medicare. "Bachmann suggested that Minnesota seniors be "weaned off" Social Security and Medicare. If you followed Al and me on the campaign trail, you know why that was so hard for me to hear," Franken wrote in a press release this morning.
Franni Franken continues, on a personal note:
When I was a baby my father, a World War II veteran, died in a car accident. In one tragic day, my mother found herself raising me and my four brothers and sisters on her own. We made it because of Social Security survivor benefits. The idea that a member of Congress would advocate pulling the safety net out from under seniors and families who depend on it every month is absolutely terrifying to me.
Also this morning, Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) appeared on Fox Business and continued her fight against social security, which she calls a "tremendous fraud."
The Fox host began the Social Security conversation by saying, "I think it is one of the biggest frauds ever perpetrated on the American public." Bachmann, for her part, agreed. "You're right, it's a tremendous fraud. No company could get away with this. They'd be thrown in jail if they ever tried to do what the federal government did with people's social security money."