Social Security

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

President Bush is telling Congress that on Social Security reform, "We're all in this deal together."

Stumping in North Carolina, the president said he's ready to share with lawmakers the political risks and rewards of tackling the politically sensitive issue.

At a town meeting in Raleigh, he declared, "We're going to be blamed together, or we're going to be praised together."

Bush is also stopping in Pennsylvania today -- the latest of eight states he's visited since making Social Security a centerpiece of his State of the Union speech. Bush has met stiff resistance from Democrats and skepticism from some Republicans on his call for private retirement accounts.

But he says he's convinced "candidates are rewarded, not punished, for taking on tough issues." And he says step one in his strategy is persuading voters the current system's going broke, so they'll put pressure on lawmakers.

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