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Lawmakers may say they want to reform the Tax Code and big government programs like Social Security — though you wouldn’t know it by the midterm election campaign.

Both parties, though especially Republicans, are targeting the relatively few lawmakers who’ve endorsed the deficit-reduction plan drawn up by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and one-time Bill Clinton aide Erskine Bowles, regarded by many budget experts as a model of reform and that dirty word — compromise.

In North Carolina, a television ad accused Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of backing a “controversial plan” that “reduces the home mortgage deduction.” In New York, Republican Rep. Tom Reed has been under fire for wanting to raise the Social Security retirement age.

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