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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Democratic congressional nominee Richard Ojeda, an advocate of protecting Social Security, was endorsed on Tuesday by Social Security Works.

“I strongly support preserving Social Security,” Ojeda said speaking at the endorsement announcement alongside Jon Bauman, President of Social Security Works.

Since announcing his candidacy for U.S. House of Representatives, Ojeda has spoken about the need to raise the cap on Social Security and how he would vote against privatizing Social Security. Social Security keeps nearly two thirds of senior citizens from living below the poverty line.

Ojeda has spoken about the need to expand Social Security and Medicare. He has also remained committed to lowering prescription drug costs, supports a cost of living increase for retirees, and has been an outspoken proponent of tackling income and wealth inequality.

At the endorsement event, Ojeda talked about his support for Social Security after Bauman noted, “You filled out the questionnaire perfectly.”

Said Ojeda: “My view is that we should raise the cap on Social Security to help combat it’s erosion, a program set in place so that our elders can retire with some dignity, because I think that the people who built this nation should have a safety net to fall into after they retire”, Ojeda told the crowd.

Bauman mentioned that Ojeda’s opponent, Carol Miller, did not return her questionnaire. “I don’t know where Carol stands on Social Security or anything else for that matter because she refuses to say without a spokesperson.”

Ojeda’s outspoken support of seniors and their right to a comfortable retirement was on display in 2016 when he rode to Washington, D.C. with UMWA coal miners seeking a solution to their healthcare crisis. Whether is be coal miner’s pensions or Social Security and Medicare According to a recent report from Social Security’s Trustees, unless Congress acts to restore the program’s long-term solvency, by 2034 it will only have funds to pay 77 cents of each dollar. Ojeda indicated at the event that Social Security would be a top priority for him in Washington. “In West Virginia and all across this country, seniors are already struggling to make ends meet,” Ojeda said. “It’s our responsibility to ensure that the money they paid into Social Security is there when they need it and that it is never attacked as an entitlement…Social Security is an earned benefit.”