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Clinton's Feeling The Bern On Education

- July 6, 2016

Today, Clinton Announced A Major Change To Her Higher Education Proposal, Turning It From A "Debt-Free" Plan To A Sanders-Lite "Free Tuition" Plan

Clinton's New Plan Would Give Free College To "80 Percent Of Families," By Offering No Tuition At In-State Public Colleges And Universities For Households Making Less Than $125,000 Annually. "Eliminate college tuition for working families. Families with income up to $125,000 will pay no tuition at in-state public colleges and universities - covering more than 80 percent of all families. From the start of this plan, every student from a family making $85,000 a year or less will be able to go to a 4-year public college or university tuition free. This income threshold will increase by $10,000 a year every year over the next four years so that by 2021, all students with a family income of $125,000 will have the opportunity to pay no tuition. She will also continue her commitment to ensure that community colleges are tuition-free for all working families." (Press Release, "Hillary Clinton's Commitment: A Debt-Free Future For America's Graduates," Hillary For America's The Briefing , 7/6/16)

Clinton's Plan Is A "Modified Version" Of Sen. Bernie Sanders' College Plan And A "Major Concession" To Her Democrat Rival. "In a bid to win over rival Bernie Sanders and his supporters, Democrat Hillary Clinton is expanding her college plan to offer free tuition to millions of families, a modified version of what Mr. Sanders pushed during his presidential campaign and a major concession." (Laura Meckler, "Hillary Clinton Expanding College Plan To Offer Free Tuition To Millions," The Wall Street Journal , 7/6/16)

Clinton Will Tout The Plan Wednesday As She Campaigns In Atlantic City, New Jersey. "Clinton will propose the hiatus on loan repayment Wednesday, according to preview material obtained by The Washington Post. She plans to campaign in Atlantic City, N.J., to draw attention to her campaign's claims that Republican opponent Donald Trump has cheated workers on his way to business success." (Anne Gearan and Abby Phillip, "Clinton To Propose 3-Month Hiatus For Repayment Of Student Loans," The Washington Post , 7/5/16)

BY EMBRACING "A MAJOR BERNIE SANDERS PLANK," CLINTON HAS DONE A 180, CAVING TO BERNIE AND FORGETTING HER REPEATED "MOCKING" OF HIS PLAN

Headlines Say It All; Clinton Has Basically Junked Her College Plan And Embraced Sanders'

The New York Times Headline: "Hillary Clinton Embraces Ideas From Bernie Sanders's College Tuition Plan" (Matt Flegenheimer, "Hillary Clinton Embraces Ideas From Bernie Sanders's College Tuition Plan," The New York Times, 7/6/16)

The Wall Street Journal Headline: "Hillary Clinton Expanding College Plan to Offer Free Tuition to Millions" (Laura Meckler, "Hillary Clinton Expanding College Plan To Offer Free Tuition To Millions," The Wall Street Journal , 7/6/16)

The Huffington Post Headline: "Hillary Clinton Unveils Debt-Free College For All, Adopting Major Bernie Sanders Plank" (Tyler Kingkade and Amanda Terkel, "Hillary Clinton Unveils Debt-Free College For All, Adopting Major Bernie Sanders Plank," The Huffington Post, 7/6/16)

CBS News Headline: "With Sanders' Influence, Clinton To Propose Expansion Of College Affordability Plan" (Hannah Fraser-Chanpong, "With Sanders' Influence, Clinton To Propose Expansion Of College Affordability Plan," CBS News, 7/6/16)

Bloomberg Headline: "Clinton Expands College-Cost Plan to Appeal to Sanders Supporters" (Jennifer Epstein, "Clinton Expands College-Cost Plan to Appeal to Sanders Supporters," Bloomberg, 7/6/16)

NBC News Headline: "Clinton Adopts Key Piece of Sanders Student Debt Plan" (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Clinton Adopts Key Piece of Sanders Student Debt Plan," NBC News, 7/6/16)

Clinton's Reversal Is Awkward After She Repeatedly Trashed Sanders' College Plan During The Primaries

During The Campaign, Clinton "Exhorted Young Voters To Look More Closely At The Details Of Sanders' Plan," Saying It Was Unrealistic While Hers Was Feasible. "She exhorted younger voters to look more closely at the details of Sanders's plans and promised that she would focus on reducing student debt, not promising things she couldn't deliver. 'When somebody tells you something is free, ask for the fine print,' Clinton said earlier this year. 'We're going to help you pay down and get rid of your student debt.'" (Anne Gearan and Abby Phillip, "Clinton To Propose 3-Month Hiatus For Repayment Of Student Loans," The Washington Post , 7/5/16)

Clinton On Sanders' Plan: "When Somebody Tells You Something Is Free, Ask For The Fine Print." CLINTON: "Now, both Senator Sanders and I share the same goal, we both want to make college affordable. I have a plan that can actually pay for us to do that. Senator Sanders plan is for free college which would include sending Donald Trump's kids and grandkids to college for free. I'd rather we concentrate on people who are having troubling paying for it, not people who would be free riders on that system. And then the other problem is that Senator Sanders only puts two-thirds of the money from the federal government into the plan, which means you have to get a third of the money for it to be free from your governor and state legislature. Now I don't know about you, but a lot of Republicans don't look overly enthusiastic about funding Higher Ed these days. So when somebody tells you something is free, ask for the fine print." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Baltimore, MD, 4/10/16)

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Clinton Has "Often Mocked" Sanders College Plan. "Clinton often mocked that plan from Sanders during the primary, saying she didn't want taxpayers to pay for Donald Trump's kids' education." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Clinton Adopts Key Piece of Sanders Student Debt Plan," NBC News, 7/6/16)

"During The Primary Battles Clinton Called Sanders's Plan Unworkable And Unaffordable." "During the primary battles Clinton called Sanders's plan unworkable and unaffordable, often saying that she didn't think that the taxpayers should foot the bill for Trump's children to attend college. But young voters overwhelmingly backed Sanders over Clinton, a problem that potentially spells trouble for her come November." (Anne Gearan and John Wagner, "Clinton Seeks Young Voters With Wider Debt-Free College Plan," The Washington Post , 7/6/16)

Clinton's Campaign Says Her Free College Plan Would Cost $450 Billion, But The Real Total Is Probably Higher

Clinton Aides Say Her Free College Plan Would Only Add $100 Billion To The Original Cost Of Her Higher Education Plan, Bringing The Total To $450 Billion Over Ten Years. "The original cost of Clinton's college plan -- which she said aims to help students "drowning in debt caused by ever-rising college costs" -- was $350 billion. A Clinton aide said the expansion will raise the cost by more than $100 billion. Any such plan would require congressional approval." (Anne Gearan and John Wagner, "Clinton Seeks Young Voters With Wider Debt-Free College Plan," The Washington Post , 7/6/16)

But The Price Tag Of Sanders' College Plan: $750 Billion Over Ten Years. "Throughout the Democratic primary campaign, Sanders advocated eliminating tuition at public colleges and universities, something he said could be done at a cost of $75 billion annually, funded by a new Wall Street speculation tax." (Jennifer Epstein, "Clinton Expands College-Cost Plan to Appeal to Sanders Supporters," Bloomberg, 7/6/16)

CLINTON HAS GIVEN IN FOR POLITICAL REASONS, TO IMPROVE HER DISMAL STANDING WITH YOUNG VOTERS AND GET SANDERS' ENDORSEMENT

Clinton's Revised Higher Education Plan Is Designed To Raise Her Support Among Young Voters, Who Overwhelmingly Backed Sanders

Clinton's Moratorium Is Designed To Appeal To Young Voters Who Were Energized By Sanders' College Plan Over Hers. "The high cost of college and the difficulty financing student debt became prominent issues during Clinton's long primary campaign against Sen. Bernie Sanders. Her plan would allow what she calls debt-free public college and cheaper means to borrow money for private education. In the Democratic primary, Sanders's policy proposal to make public colleges and universities free was a driving force of support for the senator from Vermont, especially among young voters. For college students and recent graduates saddled with debt, the proposal represented a radical change of the existing system that appealed to them." (Anne Gearan and Abby Phillip, "Clinton To Propose 3-Month Hiatus For Repayment Of Student Loans," The Washington Post , 7/5/16)

  • "Young Voters Overwhelmingly Backed Sanders Over Clinton In Primary After Primary." (Anne Gearan and Abby Phillip, "Clinton To Propose 3-Month Hiatus For Repayment Of Student Loans," The Washington Post , 7/5/16)

"Clinton Has Struggled To Win Over Young Voters, Who Overwhelming Went For Sanders During The Primary Campaign." "Clinton has struggled to win over young voters, who overwhelming went for Sanders during the primary campaign. She'll need turnout from this key Democratic constituency in November, which was crucial to both of President Obama's victories." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Clinton Adopts Key Piece of Sanders Student Debt Plan," NBC News, 7/6/16)

Clinton Is Giving Into Sanders, Who Has Withheld An Endorsement In The Hope Of Pushing Clinton Further Left

"Sanders Made Free In-State Tuition A Core Plank Of His Campaign For The Democratic Nomination." "Sanders made free in-state tuition a core plank of his campaign for the Democratic nomination, and Clinton and Sanders discussed the issue in their meeting last month, according to a Clinton aide." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Clinton Adopts Key Piece of Sanders Student Debt Plan," NBC News, 7/6/16)

In Recent Weeks, Clinton And Sanders, As Well As Their Aides, Discussed How Clinton Would Have To Change Her College Plan To Mirror Sanders' If She Wanted His Endorsement. "College affordability was a major topic during a high-profile meeting Clinton held with Sanders last month, and the two strategized about ways to promote the issue during the general election and in the Democratic Party platform, a statement from Clinton's campaign said. Aides to the two Democratic presidential candidates have been negotiating in recent weeks over a unified plan. Sanders has been pushing Clinton to adopt several of his campaign policy priorities as a condition for endorsing her. While Clinton has effectively clinched the nomination, Sanders remains an active candidate." (Anne Gearan and John Wagner, "Clinton Seeks Young Voters With Wider Debt-Free College Plan," The Washington Post , 7/6/16)

After Hearing Of Clinton's Free College Plan Today, Sanders "Applauded It" And Said "It Could 'Revolutionize Higher Education." "The plan was applauded Wednesday Sanders, who said at a morning press conference outside his Washington campaign office that it could 'revolutionize' higher education. 'The dream of higher education will become a reality for all, regardless of the economic circumstances of their family,' he said." (Anne Gearan and John Wagner, "Clinton Seeks Young Voters With Wider Debt-Free College Plan," The Washington Post , 7/6/16)


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