Social Security is a lifeline for many, and it allows our seniors to retire with dignity. Half of America's seniors would fall below the poverty line without their Social Security checks. I have pledged to protect our seniors by protecting the Social Security benefits that they have earned, now and in the future. I would oppose efforts to raise the retirement age, to slash benefits, or to privatize it.  I believe we must strengthen Social Security and make it easier for Americans to save for their retirement through automatic enrollment in retirement programs at their workplaces. Seniors shouldn't be asked to sacrifice their health after they worked hard and paid into the system their entire lives. That's way too high a price for people who have built our nation and paid their dues.