The man approached Warren in a photo line after a town hall and said, “My daughter is getting out of school. I’ve saved all my money. She doesn’t have any student loans. Am I going to get my money back?”
Warren replies, “Of course not.”
“So you’re going to pay for people who didn’t save any money and those of us who did the right thing get screwed,” he replied.
The senator protested, stating that was not the case.
The man said, “Of course we did. My buddy had fun, bought a car, went on vacations. I saved my money. He made more than I did. But I worked a double shift, worked extra — my daughter worked since she was 10. So, you’re laughing.”
“No, I’m not,” Warren said.
“Yeah, that’s exactly what you’re doing,” he said. “We did the right thing, and we get screwed,” he said before walking away.
Senator Elizabeth Warren is confronted by a father who worked double shifts to pay for his daughters education and wants to know if he will get his money back. pic.twitter.com/t2GGbAnG08
— Eddie Donovan (@EddieDonovan) January 21, 2020
Warren has pledged to cancel up to $50,000 of debt for 95% of student loan borrowers (or about 42 million people) if she is elected president.
Her plan involves using a short cut in which she claims she could bypass congressional approval by directing the Secretary of Education to modify student loans. Warren also says she will have the education secretary “use every existing authority available to rein in the for-profit college industry, crack down on predatory student lending, and combat the racial disparities in our higher education system.”