Because when you think of a Democrat teetering on the verge of right-wing ideology you think of Barack Obama.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent from Vermont, is pressing President Obama to keep his campaign promise not to cut Social Security benefits in a possible deal with Republicans.

Sanders has joined a lobbying campaign by more than 200 labor unions and liberal groups pressing Obama to make a strong statement against cutting Social Security benefits in his State of the Union address scheduled for Jan. 25.

“Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit,” Sanders said.

If Obama agrees to cut Social Security benefits as part of a deficit reduction deal, “you’re conceding to Republican right-wing ideology, which doesn’t like Social Security because it’s a successful federal program.”

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