Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) defended her plan to pay off college loans after being confronted by a father in Iowa in an exchange that went viral.
The father approached Warren, a leading Democratic presidential contender, after a campaign event in Grimes.
“My daughters getting out of school, I saved all my money, so she doesnt have any student debt. Am I going to get my money back?” the man asked Warren.
“Of course not,” Warren replied.
“So, we end up paying for people who didnt save any money, then those who did the right thing get screwed,” the father told her. He then described a friend who makes more money but didnt save up while he worked double shifts to save up to pay for his daughters college.
The father became upset, accusing Warren of laughing. “We did the right thing and we get screwed,” he added before walking off.
In an appearance on “CBS This Morning” on Friday, Warren was asked about the exchange.
“Look, we build a future going forward by making it better. By that same logic what would we have done? Not started Social Security because we didnt start it last week for you or last month for you,” Warren said.
Pressed on whether she was saying “tough luck” to people like the father, she said “No.” She then recounted how she got to go to college despite coming from a poor family.
“There was a $50 a semester option for me. I was able to go to college and become a public school teacher because America had invested in a $50 a semester option for me. Today thats not available,” she said.
“We dont build an America by saddling our kids with debt. We build an America by saying were going to open up those opportunities for kids to be able to get an education without getting crushed by studenRead More – Source