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VOTE 2010: McIntyre challenges Pantano to Social Security pledge

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's getting down to the wire for Vote 2010. As time runs out, candidates are scrambling to get every last advantage. Some candidates are coming up with any way to get their name and face out there one last time before Tuesday.

Rep. Mike McIntyre called a news conference today to eat cake with senior citizens and celebrate Social Security's birthday. Mcintyre also challenged Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano to sign a pledge to protect Social Ssecurity rather than privatize it.

"Will we risk our senior social security on the stock market? My answer is an unequivocal no," McIntyre said. "My opponent, who once worked on wall street and has the mentality of putting things at risk on wall street, has said yes and supports privatization."

Pantano held his own news conference as well to remind voters of his opinion that mcintyre works for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pantano also promised to protect Social Security, but says reform is a must.

"For the last 10 months Congressman McIntyre has been telling the people of this district that he doesn't support Nancy Pelosi or her liberal agenda, but she's putting half a million dollars to buy commercials slandering me. Clearly, he works for her, because she's paying the bills," Pantano said.

We asked Pantano if he planned on signing the Social Security pledge from McIntyre. Pantano said he has yet to see the pledge and said he's very interested in seeing what it exactly has to say. McIntyre said he plans to bring the pledge to Pantano's headquarters at some point.

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