Swing-State Democrats Not Sold On Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness

Republicans were far from thrilled with President Joe Biden’s long-awaited action on student loan debt this week. But even swing-state Democrats facing tough elections this year made a point of greeting the news skeptically.

“As someone who’s paying off my own family’s student loans, I know the costs of higher education are too high,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said in a statement Wednesday. “And while there’s no doubt that a college education should be about opening opportunities, waiving debt for those already on a trajectory to financial security sends the wrong message.”

Ohio isn’t really a swing state anymore, but major spending by Republicans to boost Ryan’s opponent, J.D. Vance, in November’s U.S. Senate race shows it’s still in play. Ryan has been courting middle-of-the-road voters by running ads on Fox News and, in some instances, distancing himself from Biden.

After Biden announced up to $20,000 in student loan forgiveness for borrowers earning less than $125,000 a year, moderate Democrats were among the first to weigh in Wednesday.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said student loan forgiveness “sends the wrong message.”

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Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.), a Democrat up for reelection, said Biden’s plan falls short in some areas, including when it comes to systemic changes that will help borrowers down the line.

“In my view, the administration should have further targeted the relief and proposed a way to pay for this plan,” he…

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