In a speech billed as a campaign opening, Hillary Clinton, favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination, pledged Saturday to take steps to help students afford higher education. She twice referred to students' debt burdens, and vowed to do something about them. She said that a measure of success is "how many young people go to college without drowning in debt," and "Let’s make college affordable and available to all… and lift the crushing burden of student debt." She did not, at least on Saturday, explicitly endorse free public higher education or debt-free college, as many are expecting her to do in some form in the next month.
Clinton also made several references to the importance of science and said, "We will restore America to the cutting edge of innovation, science and research by increasing both public and private investments."
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