The Hillary Clinton campaign is trying to appeal to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and younger voters by pitching ideas such as debt-free college.
In an interview on CNBC
Wednesday, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook was asked what the former New York senator is doing to draw in young voters, especially considering that she is better known among older Americans.
"What voters are looking for in this election is someone who’s going to be a champion for everyday people —for young people that’s debt-free college, that’s finding that job after you graduate," Mook said.
According to Politico
, pushing policy ideas such as debt-free college "sent a message to progressive activists that the Clinton camp is paying close attention to their concerns."
Adam Green of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee said that "it is nothing short of monumental that the Clinton campaign has embraced the idea of debt-free college — a top priority for young people, working parents, and the progressive movement."
Clinton has previously talked about making college more affordable. She has also said she likes President Barack Obama's free community college idea, but she has not officially laid out a plan of her own.
However, the Clinton camp says that there are plans to present more specific ideas about the issue in the future.
"Hillary Clinton has fought to make college affordable and accessible throughout her career — from expanding student loans to lowering college costs," said campaign spokesman Jesse Ferguson.
"As she has traveled to Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, she has heard over and over how Americans' student debt burden continues to hurt our economic growth, small business creation, and innovation. As the campaign moves forward, she will continue to lay out detailed plans to tackle big issues, this one included," Ferguson said.
If Clinton does give a full endorsement to debt-free college, she would be joining Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Chuck Schumer of New York, in addition to former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who penned an opinion piece for The Washington Post
in April saying that "our ultimate goal must be for every student — most especially low-income and middle-class students — to be able to go to college debt-free."
O'Malley is also expected to announce his bid for the White House later in May, challenging Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president.
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