If it was up to Elizabeth Warren, student debt in the United States would be a thing of the past.
In a new piece of legislation announced on Thursday, billions of dollars in outstanding student loans would be forgiven and nearly all student debt held in the U.S. would be eliminated.
According to The Hill, “Warren’s bill would forgive up to $50,000 in student loan debt for anyone with a total household income below $100,000. Debtors with between $100,000 and $250,000 in total household income would have less of their debt eliminated the closer they are to the upper limit on eligibility for forgiveness.”
In a statement, Warren said the “student debt crisis is real and it’s crushing millions of people.”
She added, “It’s time to decide: Are we going to be a country that only helps the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful, or are we going to be a country that invests in its future?”
Warren’s plan comes after she first made student loan debt a major part of her campaign back in April.
Warren’s policy-driven campaign is surging
While Warren was one of the earlier entries in the 2020 Democratic primary race, her campaign has been surging in recent weeks.
A string of new polling shows that while former vice president Joe Biden continues to lead the large Democratic primary field, Warren has lept in front of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in some national and state polling.
In other words, Warren’s policy-driven campaign appears to be increasingly connecting with voters.
As Paul Krugman wrote in The New York Times, “Warren has managed to turn relentless wonkery into a defining aspect of her political persona. Supporters show up at her rallies wearing T-shirts that proclaim ‘Warren has a plan for that!’ And she is, by all accounts, managing to make earnest policy discussion a way to connect with her audiences.”
In a way, this focus on policy makes Elizabeth Warren the anti-Trump candidate. While he is proud of his ignorance and anti-intellectualism, Warren isn’t afraid to dive deep into the weeds on policy.
For now, this strategy seems to be paying off for the Massachusetts senator as her political fortunes continue to rise as the campaign heats up.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.