For the third straight day, Vice President Gore today painted a detailed and dire portrait of his Republican rival's plan to bolster Social Security while, for the third straight day, offering only a cursory summary of his own complicated approach.
Texas Gov. George W. Bush's proposal to allow workers to direct some payroll taxes to personal savings accounts "would take the security out of Social Security," Gore warned about 10,000 members of the AARP meeting here for its biennial convention. "We could see the end of Social Security as we know it."
By contrast, Gore said his plan to dedicate interest savings to Social Security in the future is "a sound approach, a responsible approach, a fair approach." The presumptive Democratic nominee brought along his 87-year-old mother as he wooed the powerful lobbying organization, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons.
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