The Republican candidate trying to replace U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett said Tuesday the Social Security safety net should be phased out for the next generation, a proposal his Democratic opponent called "a terrible idea."
In remarks made during the taping of a debate that will air Sunday on South Carolina Educational Television, Jeff Duncan said Social Security should remain intact for those promised it, but not for those born today.
Democratic opponent Jane Dyer said the idea may sound good, but "it's not going to work."
The two are seeking the 3rd Congressional District seat that represents the northwestern portion of the state. Four-term Barrett lost his bid to become governor in the GOP primary.
"Babies that are born today, I don't think we have that security net for them," said Duncan, 44, the owner of a real estate auction business. "We tell them, take personal responsibility. We put some incentives in place for private retirement accounts and health care accounts."