LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine's biggest Democratic activist group is pushing the state's members of Congress to help boost Social Security to take more money from the wealthy, and make other changes to help lower income people. Those are issues for the federal government. But at an event in Lewiston today, it was clear Social Security may be an ongoing issue in Maine's race for Governor.
The Maine People's Alliance held a meeting with Democratic candidate Rep. Mike Michaud to make their case for changes to Social Security. Michaud wouldn't specifically support the changes they want, but said they should be considered. He also referred to last week's controversy from a press release by Governor LePage, which Michaud says shows the Governor considers Medicaid and Social Security to be forms of welfare -- a claim seniors don't like. Michaud told the group Social Security is earned by recipients, and is not a government entitlement. And he said the press release from the Governor "made it clear he thinks social security and Medicare are welfare programs."
However, Governor LePage issued a second press release last week, stating he does not consider either program to be welfare. And in an interview Friday with NEWS CENTER, LePage said he had "never said Social Security is an entitlement."
Rep. Michaud, however, insists that the Governor's first press release makes his case, and that he will continue to use it in the campaign.