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Birthday party-themed ad criticizes Hardy comments on raising retirement age to 75

Cresent Hardy, former Representative for Nevada's 4th, during the Hispanics in Politics breakfast meeting in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. Hardy is running against former CD-4 Democratic candidate Steven Horsford in the CD-4 rave. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)

Focus: Cresent Hardy, Republican candidate for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District

Who’s paying for it: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Size of buy: DCCC did not disclose

When it starts: Sept. 28

Where it’s running: Las Vegas

The gist: The 30-second spot opens on a birthday party for a grandfatherly character, with the narrator saying, “Every birthday that passes brings you one year closer to the retirement you’ve been dreaming of. But then he comes along.”

There’s a photo of Hardy, and the narrator says, “Cresent Hardy said he’d raise the retirement age to 75. That’s right, no Social Security till 75. And when he was in Congress Hardy threatened to shut down the government unless there were deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare.”

The claim traces to a 2014 interview on KNPR in which Hardy said he might have a younger cohort “move that up to 70, 75 years of age because people are living longer, and are healthier today.”

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