By Jacqueline Luqman
JACQUELINE LUQMAN: This is Jacqueline Luqman with The Real News Network. Student loan debt has become a central issue in the current political climate and political debates.
SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN: My plan has universal tuition-free college for all of our kids, but also increases the Pell Grants and levels the playing field by putting $50 billion into historically black colleges and universities.
MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG: We can have debt free college for low and middle income students by expanding Pell grants and compelling states to pick up more of the burden. And on the back end, for those of us who do have a lot of debt, we can make it more affordable and we can expand a public service loan forgiveness program, which is an excellent program that is almost impossible to actually get access to right now.
DANA BASH, CNN NEWS: Senator Sanders, you want to forgive all student loan debt? Your response.
SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS: Matter of fact, I do.
BETO O’ROURKE: I support free two-year college. Earn that that Associates degree, realize your full potential.
MARIANNE WILLIAMSON: If we get rid of this college debt, think of all the young people who will have the discretionary…