The Week That Was

Republicans and Bernie Sanders responded to Hillary Clinton's college debt plan, and their campaigns turned to Twitter to tussle in the 140-character format.

August 17, 2015

Hillary Clinton has kept higher education policy wonks busy of late. The Democrat's $350 billion plan to rein in student debt generated responses from her presidential rivals on both sides of the aisle.

In the spirit of John Oliver’s HBO show, we tracked down a sampling of last week’s campaign trail news for your reading pleasure today. And don’t fret, there’s 64 weeks, or 448 days, left until election day. So the fun is far from over. (Hat tip to Young Invincibles for keeping our countdown current and for providing some of the below quotations.)

Now on to the Twitter tussles and town hall speechifying.

Clinton Money Quote

“It’s time to show some tough love to colleges and universities that let significant numbers of students” fall behind, Clinton said during a town hall in Exeter, N.H., according to Bloomberg. “No student should have to borrow to pay tuition at a public college or university.”

Response from Republicans

Jeb Bush: “We don’t need more top-down Washington solutions that will raise the cost of college even further and shift the burden to hardworking taxpayers.”

Marco Rubio: “Rather than spend more to maintain the current flawed system, I will fix higher education by promoting choice, competition, greater access and lower costs.”

Scott Walker: “Hillary Clinton is offering the same bait and switch as President Obama, making promises to students while delivering higher tuition costs and tax increases.”

Taking It to Twitter

Sanders Responds

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) endorsed Clinton last month. Yet Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, has captured the attention of many faculty members, including some who are AFT members. So Sanders's campaign raised a few eyebrows when it tweeted a supportive quote from Randi Weingarten, the AFT's president. And Weingarten responded -- perhaps not how the Sanders campaign would have liked.


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