Trump Attacks Haley Over Her Social Security Comments

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who has advocated for a higher retirement age to preserve funding for Social Security, was the subject of a new commercial released recently by the Trump campaign.

A voiceover in the commercial states that a secure retirement was guaranteed to the American people. Nikki Haley’s proposal eliminates that. The commercial airs as Haley gains a slight momentum in New Hampshire, where she will run against former president Trump.

The advertisement capitalizes on remarks made by Haley during her campaign in March of last year, in which she advocated for a higher retirement age so that younger individuals may collect Social Security payments.

Haley did not say exactly how older adults should be to retire, but she did say that it should align with life expectancy.

According to Haley, the regulations have evolved. The retirement age is adjusted to suit life expectancy. According to Haley’s statement at the time, seniors and those close to retirement age shouldn’t be impacted by any changes.

Haley conducted question-and-answer sessions with Fox News hosts and viewers at a town hall event. Nikki Haley, a former Republican presidential contender and governor of South Carolina, denied the allegations despite video evidence showing that she claimed the US retirement age was too low.

After speaking with Bloomberg in August, Haley restated her earlier warning that Medicare and Social Security will soon go insolvent unless immediate action is taken. She said that 65 is much too young to be the proper age for receiving retirement benefits.

Republicans and Democrats alike capitalized on Haley’s error in various ways; for instance, former president Donald Trump’s press release used her gaffe, while the X account used by Joe Biden’s campaign published a snippet of the video.

In August, Business Insider pointed out that there would be a lot of pushback to Haley’s proposal to increase the retirement age. Nearly 80% of those polled were against increasing it to seventy years old, according to a March 2023 Quinnipiac survey.