The Washington Times - September 13, 2011, 02:59PM

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Seth McLaughlin writes in today’s Washington Times:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney picked up Monday night where they left off in their last debate encounter, with the two GOP heavyweights engaging in a testy exchange over Social Security.

Mr. Romney tried to put Mr. Perry on the spot, after the three-term Texas governor refused to back off his repeated description of Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme.”

“The real question is, does Governor Perry continue to believe that Social Security should not be a federal program, that it’s unconstitutional, and it should be returned to the states? Or is he going to retreat from that view?” Mr. Romney said, repeating the question several times.

Mr. Perry said, “Obviously, we’re not going to take the program away.”

“The issue is, are there ways to move states in Social Security for state employees or retirees. I think those types of thoughtful conversations with America, rather than try and scare seniors, like you’re doing, and other people, it is time to have a legitimate conversation in this country about how to fix that program so it’s not bankrupt and our children actually know that there is going to be a retirement program for them,” Mr. Perry said.  (more)