After the intensive Democratic primary debate and TheCollegeConservative’s live-tweeted coverage, the debate went off without a hitch. Hillary Clinton, former of Secretary of State under President Obama, and Bernie Sanders, the self-righteous socialist U.S. Senator from Vermont, commanded the stage through out the night.
The Issues covered in CNN’s broadcast included criminal justice reform, civil rights, and foreign policy. Notably, however, Clinton and Sanders both held adamant stances on college affordability.
Sanders wasted many breathes on a proposed ‘speculation tax’ that will be levied on Wall Street and the rich. The revenue from that would, allegedly, fund tuition-free education for public colleges and universities.
“I want Wall Street, now, to help kids in this country go to college, public colleges and universities, free, with a Wall Street speculation tax,” Sanders elaborated on in the debate. The only downfall with the Senator’s plan is that he didn’t define a “speculation tax” and how it would fund college for millions of Americans.
Clinton held similar belief, with Sanders, that college should be tuition-free, but approached differently. She indicated that college tuition should awarded, pro-bono, but only when students work for it.
“I worked when I went through college; I worked when I went through law school,” Clinton stated, “I would like students to work ten hours a week.”
Clinton, however, remained very unclear on what this ‘work’ program would model. The model Clinton proposed seems to closely resemble current federal “work-study” programs, which provide basic wages and tuition support to college students.
Free in-state tuition for colleges to undocumented workers and their families was also debated. O’Malley and Sanders, prior to the debate, stated that they support free college tuition to illegal immigrants. Clinton was asked the same question by moderator Anderson Cooper. She responded with her support of the idea, but stayed on the defense by arguing that “it’s up to the state government.”
Other than education policy, the candidates spoke on a wide array of issues including Putin’s hold in the Middle East, Clinton’s Benghazi fiasco, and climate change being an issue of national security. O’Malley even called Republican party front-runner, Donald Trump, a “xenophobe” and a “carnival barker” when comparing the GOP to the Democratic reception of free tuition to immigrants.
Clinton held her ground on the stage and essentially “won” the debate, with Sanders coming in second, O’Malley third, former U.S. Senator Jim Webb at 4th, and former Governor Lincoln Chaffee dead last.