August 26th, 2012

Former Gov. Linda Lingle on Sunday released a new television advertisement for her U.S. Senate campaign that highlights her commitment to preserving Social Security and Medicare, citing the example of her 87-year-old father who has long planned for his retirement.

Lingle blamed “election year posturing by Washington politicians of both parties” for worrying seniors about the entitlement programs.

But the most interesting element is that Lingle has now come out in favor of gradually raising the amount of wages subject to payroll taxes, which mirrors U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono’s position. The Democrat would lift the $110,100 cap on earnings subject to the payroll tax that finances the program so higher-income workers would pay a greater share

Hirono has also frequently cited her 88-year-old mother as one of the reasons she wants to protect the entitlement programs.

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