Senator Bernie Sanders is now facing a unique challenge from an unlikely opponent: Elizabeth Warren, with insiders saying the two far-left politicians are facing-off for the progressive base of the Democratic Party.
“The Bernie Sanders campaign, facing a new challenge in the rise of Elizabeth Warren, has settled for now on a careful if sometimes awkward strategy: emphasizing Sanders’s unique position in the liberal movement, while avoiding direct attacks on Warren and rolling out plans that overlap with her attention-grabbing ideas,” reports the Washington Post.
“That approach was on display Monday as Sanders introduced a proposal to cancel all student debt across the country. His plan came less than two weeks after Warren announced her own idea for scrapping student debt, one that would cover fewer people than Sanders’s would. ‘Under the proposal we introduced today, all student debt would be canceled in six months,’ Sanders said,” adds the author.
The two candidates are currently vying for the official endorsement of liberal superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has a working relationship with both lawmakers.
Elizabeth Warren extended her calls for racial reparations this week; saying America’s “gay and lesbian” couples are “owed $50 million” due to the United States’ “discriminatory tax code.”
“It wasn’t until marriage equality became law that gay & lesbian couples could jointly file tax returns—so they paid more in taxes. Our government owes them more than $50M for the years our discriminatory tax code left them out. We must right these wrongs,” posted Warren on social media.
It wasn’t until marriage equality became law that gay & lesbian couples could jointly file tax returns—so they paid more in taxes. Our government owes them more than $50M for the years our discriminatory tax code left them out. We must right these wrongs. https://t.co/OZQcfVilSs
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 23, 2019
Warren unveiled her latest proposal to radically transform the country’s education system Monday; calling for the creation of free public colleges and the cancellation of nearly all student loan debt.
“We got into this crisis because state governments and the federal government decided that instead of treating higher education like our public school system — free and accessible to all Americans — they’d rather cut taxes for billionaires and giant corporations and offload the cost of higher education onto students and their families,” writes Warren in an op-ed published by Medium.
“The first step in addressing this crisis is to deal head-on with the outstanding debt that is weighing down millions of families and should never have been required in the first place. That’s why I’m calling for something truly transformational — the cancellation of up to $50,000 in student loan debt for 42 million Americans,” she adds.
“Public college education is like a public K-12 education — a basic public good that should be available to everyone with free tuition and zero debt at graduation. My plan for universal free college will give every American the opportunity to attend a two-year or four-year public college without paying a dime in tuition or fees,” concludes Warren.
Read the full report here.