Klobuchar Says Free College For All Too Expensive


Presidential hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., says she’s no fan of a popular plank for progressives — free college for all — because it’s too expensive.

At a CNN Town Hall Monday in which Klobuchar expanded on her policy stances, she told a young voter she wouldn’t support the plan forwarded by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who’s also tossed his hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential race.

“I am not for free four-year college for all, no,” Klobuchar said.

“I wish — if I was a magic genie and could give that to everyone and we could afford it, I would. I’m just trying to find a mix of incentives and make sure kids that are in need — that’s why I talked about expanding Pell Grants — can go to college and be able to afford it and make sure that people that can’t afford it are able to pay.”

Klobuchar has shied away from the more left-wing aspects of Sanders’s and others’ plans for college tuition, student debt, and other issues, including climate change, The Hill noted.

For example, The Hill reported, Klobuchar referred to the “Green New Deal” supported by rising Democratic star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., as “aspirational” and has said she is opposed to a “Medicare for all” single-payer health care system.

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