In Obvious Play For Bernie Supporters, Joe Biden Now Says He Wants To Forgive Student Loan Debt

Joe Biden announced this week that if elected he wants to forgive student loan debt.

He is making an obvious play for Bernie Sanders supporters, that’s what this is really all about.

FOX News reports:

Biden calls for student loan forgiveness, more aid in next wave of coronavirus response

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Former Vice President Joe Biden wants Americans to know how he’d implement the massive $2 trillion coronavirus package to jumpstart the economy if he were in the White House.

The all-but-certain Democratic presidential nominee on Thursday unveiled his plan for implementing the funding, which aims to rescue workers, small businesses and large companies devastated by an economy that’s been largely shut down as many Americans huddle in their homes to prevent the spread of the pandemic…

Biden outlined steps he “would do immediately” to make the plan work, including using “all available authorities,” including the much-discussed Defense Production Act, to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the diseased spread by the coronavirus outbreak…

Biden also said that he’d bring congressional leaders together to hammer out the next deal. Biden said among the items he’d push for in the next package would be providing student loan forgiveness for at least $10,000 per person, Social Security increases, full paid sick leave for our workers, and if needed more direct cash relief.

It’s all about Bernie supporters which Biden would need to win.

From NPR:

Joe Biden Won The Primary. Now He’s Trying To Win Over Progressive Groups

A day after Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential race, Joe Biden, now the presumptive Democratic nominee, made an overture to progressives.

On Thursday he rolled out two new policy proposals:

1. Lower the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 60.

2. Forgive student debt for low-income and middle-class families who attended public colleges and universities and some private institutions.

“Senator Sanders and his supporters can take pride in their work in laying the groundwork for these ideas, and I’m proud to adopt them as part of my campaign at this critical moment in responding to the coronavirus crisis,” Biden said in a statement announcing his plans. And the day before, when Sanders suspended his campaign, Biden put out a 700-word statement praising the Vermont senator as a “powerful voice” whose movement “changed the dialogue in America.”

Winning over the Bernie people is going to be much harder than Biden thinks.

 

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