Carlos Curbelo's remarks to college Republicans that Social Security and Medicare amount to a "Ponzi scheme" have made it to a new television ad funded by a Democratic political action committee.
House Majority PAC, a so-called "super PAC" that supports Democratic congressional candidates, calls the spot "12 years" -- a reference to Curbelo's comment that the entitlement programs could kick in 12 to 15 years before the end of a person's life expectancy, which could mean fewer years of benefits for many seniors.
"Carlos Curbelo: dangerous changes to Social Security and Medicare," the ad concludes. A nearly identical spot in Spanish omits the "Ponzi scheme" reference, which was rated False by PolitiFact Florida.
Curbelo, a Miami-Dade County school board member, is challenging Miami Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia, who has already used the "Ponzi scheme" footage in an attack ad of his own against the Republican. The recording was obtained in secret by Democratic trackers who attended an event at George Washington University. Republican super PACs are also airing ads going after Garcia.
Wadi Gaitan, Curbelo's communications director, called the ad "a desperate attempt" by Democrats to divert attention from a state conviction of Garcia's former chief of staff and a federal investigation into his 2010 campaign.
"This does not change the fact that his campaign committed absentee ballot fraud and remains under federal investigation for the illegal financing of a straw candidate," Gaitan said in a statement. "Carlos has always supported protecting Medicare and Social Security for existing beneficiaries and for future generations of America."