By Erik Wasson - 01/18/11 04:06 PM EST
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare announced Tuesday it is launching a new $1 million advertising campaign to stop congressional or White House proposals that would cut Social Security benefits as part of any deficit-reduction plan.
Liberal groups are worried that the president will announce Social Security reform as an olive branch to Republicans in next week's State of the Union address.
Former Connecticut Rep. Barbara Kennelly and Social Security Coalition co-leaders Nancy Altman of Social Security Works and Roger Hickey from Campaign for America's Future will be featured in radio ads this week.
The committee boasts more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide, and led the campaign to defeat then-President George W. Bush’s proposals on Social Security reform in 2005.
“The American people, in poll after poll, have said they do not support cutting benefits in the name of deficit reduction. They understand Social Security has not contributed one dime to our current fiscal meltdown, yet it’s clear Washington’s fiscal hawks intend to ratchet up their attacks on the program in the new Congress,” Kennelly said in a statement.