Democratic convention: Dave Loebsack pledges support for Social Security, Medicare

By Jason Noble (Des Moines Register)

Dave Loebsack offered a ringing defense of the Democratic Party as the protector of the country’s middle class in perhaps the most campaign-oriented speech of the party’s state convention today.

Loebsack, a three-term congressman from Iowa’s 2nd District, argued that Democrats alone represent the interest of working- and middle-class Americans, and that the 2012 race will be a battle over those people’s futures.

“It’s about making sure those who never been in the middle class have the opportunity to put themselves in the middle class, get a good job, take care of their kids, have a vacation, send them to college and make sure they have a roof over their head,” he said. “That’s what this is all about.”

Loebsack reflected on the role social safety-net programs like Social Security have had in his success in life, and pledged to protect those programs in office. His opponent – Republican John Archer – has indicated support for substantial changes to Social Security and Medicare, he said.
“We’ve got to balance the budget, there’s no doubt about it, but we never, ever should balance our budget on the backs of our seniors, on those who have the least power and the least among us,” he said. “Never, ever should we do that.”