Dear RNC Member,
This last week, Republican Members of Congress from across the country returned to their home districts and states to focus on the issue of Social Security. Republicans conducted hundreds of town hall meetings and met with thousands of constituents to discuss the serious problems confronting the program.
In addition to President Bush's efforts as he travels the country and those of our elected leaders, Republicans and groups who believe we need to strengthen Social Security are working hard to make sure American citizens receive the facts. Just last week, over 250,000 phone calls were made in targeted districts and states, over 3,000 people were mobilized to attend town hall events, well over 100,000 emails were sent to RNC Team Leaders, and hundreds of regional media interviews were conducted.
Last week's events helped advance a national dialogue that the President initiated in his State of the Union Address to the American people. The first step in this process is to make our fellow citizens aware that there is a problem and a need to act. These town hall meetings were important because they helped more Americans understand the problem, which must occur before the debate about specific solutions can begin. Public surveys demonstrate that a majority of Americans recognize the Social Security system faces problems and needs to be fixed. Even Democrats are beginning to acknowledge that there is a problem with Social Security.
Thank you to all of you who assisted in our efforts to promote the President's vision to strengthen Social Security and ensure benefits for our children and grandchildren.
Please share your thoughts about saving Social Security with friends and neighbors by visiting our new testimonial page at www.preservingsocialsecurity.com. While you're there don't forget to sign the Social Security petition too!
Chairman, Republican National Committee