Hillary Clinton Reveals Debt-Free College Plan


In a bid to court supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders -- and appeal to the public at large -- Hillary Clinton unveiled a plan that would provide free college education to millions.

Under Clinton's proposal, tuition at public universities would be free for the children of families who collectively earn less than $85,000 a year. By 2021, free tuition would be expanded to children from families who earn less than $125,000 a year.

Sanders, who has been using his leverage to demand changes to the Democratic party's platform, hailed Clinton's announcement as "a revolutionary step forward," per The Wall Street Journal.

A Clinton aide said the Democratic presidential candidate revised her earlier education proposals after several meetings with her former primary rival, the Los Angeles Times reported. Free education was a centerpiece of the Sanders campaign, and was credited as one of the reasons young voters supported the Vermont senator so enthusiastically.

Clinton did not provide details on how to pay for her proposed program or estimate the total cost, and Republicans were quick to attack her.

“This is the thing they always do on the left," Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a former presidential candidate, said to Newsweek. "She has to figure out who to raise taxes on — so this is about making doing business in America even more expensive — raising taxes, and then taking all that money and pouring it into an outdated higher education system."

Jeb Bush, another Republican hopeful who dropped out of the primary race, told the Journal the plan would backfire if implemented.

“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,” Bush said.

As for Sanders, he said he still isn't ready to endorse Clinton. A spokesman for Sanders said the senator is eager to move on to the next item on his agenda: healthcare.

"This is one issue," Sanders told the Journal. "There are other issues."

Sources: Wall Street Journal (2), NewsweekLos Angeles Times / Photo credit: Kit/Wikimedia Commons

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