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- During the most recent Democratic debate, candidates were divided on how to make college more accessible and affordable.
- Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders both support universal free college and cancellation of student debt. Other candidates like Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar have outlined more moderate college affordability plans.
- Buttigieg, in particular, has been vocal with his critique of universal free college. He recently tweeted, "Instead of providing free college tuition for the children of millionaires and billionaires, I will open doors of opportunity for Americans who choose not to go to college with massive investments in apprenticeships, workforce training, and lifelong learning programs."
- Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has endorsed Bernie Sanders, replied with a sharp rebuke of Buttigieg's argument and defended Sanders' and Warrens' proposals.