Whopper of the Week: Howard Dean
"Oh, that statement about raising the retirement age …"
"Dennis Kucinich: [M]y good friend, Mr. Dean, has said that he'd move the retirement age to 68. One time he talked about moving it to 70.
"Howard Dean: [W]hen we first looked to the rules for this debate, we were told if anybody mentioned our name, that automatically gave us a minute.
"I'm not going to go back and ask you to change the rules, but I think I'll take 20 seconds just to tell everybody that I have never favored Social Security retirement at the age of 70, nor do I favor one of 68."
—AFL-CIO Democratic presidential candidate forum, Aug. 5, 2003
"Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.): I've said many times that I think we should raise the retirement age about the year 2015—raise it by that time to about age 70.
"Howard Dean: I am very pleased to hear Bob Packwood because I absolutely agree we need to reduce the—I mean, to increase the retirement age. There will be cuts and losses of some benefits, but I believe that Sen. Packwood is on exactly the right track."
—CNN's Crossfire, Feb. 28, 1995
"The way to balance the budget, Dean said, is for Congress to cut Social Security, move the retirement age to 70, cut defense, Medicare and veterans pensions, while the states cut almost everything else. 'It would be tough but we could do it,' he said."
—News story on a breakfast meeting Dean held with reporters by Miles Benson, Newhouse News Service, March 3, 1995
Timothy Noah is a former Slate staffer. His book about income inequality is The Great Divergence.