A growing number of House Democrats are concerned that President Obama’s proposal to cut Social Security benefits will haunt the party at the polls in 2014.

Although Democrats have long-championed the retirement program, they say Obama’s plan to reduce payments for future beneficiaries through a chained consumer price index (CPI) has weakened their stance and opened the door for Republicans to vilify the president.

The leader of the campaign arm for House Republicans, Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), on Wednesday called Obama’s plan a “shocking attack on seniors.”

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), the former head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Walden’s comments foreshadow a line of attack the GOP will use on the campaign trail next year. It’s a reason, he added, for Democrats to worry.

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