Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins got into a heated debate over President Joe Biden’s stance on Social Security Thursday that resulted in the senator chiding Collins over her talking points.

After tussling with the “CNN This Morning” anchor over what Cassidy characterized as Biden’s unwillingness to work with Republicans to save Social Security, the Republican senator scoffed at Collins’ defense of Biden and told her she’s “better than that.” 

Their debate happened as Collins reported from Capitol Hill Thursday morning.


The discussion became tense after Collins moved from the topic of the Silicon Valley Bank collapse to Social Security. Cassidy told the anchor that “the Social Security trust fund is going broke in nine years.” He then hammered Biden, adding, “The president knows that be keeps telling the American people it’s no problem. He has not told us what he wants to do.”

Slamming his fists together for emphasis, Cassidy declared, “It is going broke in nine years. At that point, there’ll be a 25% cut and when someone who is depending on Social Security – a 25% in what they’re getting, and the president doesn’t seem to care!”

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Collins replied, saying, “The White House would push back on that, I should say.” The senator swiftly fired back: “How? What is their plan? He has not announced a plan!”

The anchor claimed White House budget director Shalanda Young told her during an interview that the administration has a plan for “protecting Social Security,” however, Cassidy was not convinced.

Cutting her off, he asked, “Now, how do they protect it? Because yesterday she was asked in committee, and she could not give an answer about their plan.”

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