SAN FRANCISCO — Republican presidential candidate Pierre S. (Pete) du Pont IV stepped up his attack on Vice President George Bush Friday, suggesting that Bush is "out of touch" on the issue of Social Security and is the candidate of the status quo.
During a GOP debate Wednesday, Bush called Du Pont's plan for a voluntary alternative to Social Security "nutty."
Under Du Pont's plan, 100 million Americans could receive tax credits to set aside retirement money, in a manner similar to an individual retirement account, and would receive reduced Social Security benefits.
"I would suggest the vice president is a little out of touch with those 100 million Americans," Du Pont said.
Wants Real Changes
Du Pont told a news conference that he is the only candidate who wants to make real changes in the government.
"George Bush is a status quo candidate," he said. "All the other candidates were trying (during the Houston debate) to be like George Bush," he said.