Democrats try to knock Hayes after market meltdown

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A national Democratic group plans to hammer Republican congressional candidates for supporting Social Security privatization now that financial markets are in crisis.

The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says Americans' Social Security would be in "jeopardy" if plans to allow them to invest some of their accounts in the market had passed into law.

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen said the DCCC plans to use the issue to illustrate the bad judgment of Republicans including North Carolina Rep. Robin Hayes.

Hayes said doesn't support privatization. A spokeswoman in his office said the five-term incumbent thinks the current Social Security is flawed, but that the congressman has never embraced privatization plans.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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