Elizabeth Warren tells Kentucky students that Grimes is needed in D.C. to fight for them
06/29/2014 11:54 AM
LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, told Kentucky college students Sunday that Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator isn’t focused on their best interests — or that of most Americans — and that voters must take a stand in November.
“He bet against you in that student loan vote, but he’s been betting against you vote after vote after vote,” Warren said of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. “He bets he can go to Washington and he can vote to make all the rules tilt in favor of the rich, of the powerful…and that you won’t hold him accountable.”
Student loan debt was a major theme from Warren and McConnell’s Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes on Sunday at a rally with college Democrats from the University of Louisville. More than 350 people jammed into the Red Barn building on campus and even spilled outside the facility.
Warren, a former Harvard University law professor, is known for pushing for reforms of Wall Street and financial issues. Most recently she introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to allow Americans with outstanding student loans to refinance their debt at 3.86 percent. Senate Republicans blocked the bill earlier this spring.
Warren said the U.S. government makes millions on the loans, and the profits are already in the bottom line budget. To even out the bottom line, Warren said she proposed ending tax loopholes for “millionaires and billionaires.”
“In other words, it’s about billionaires or students. And I stand here with [Grimes] today who said in that choice I’m going with the students,” Warren said Sunday.
McConnell led efforts in the Senate to filibuster a vote on the bill, saying it was an election issue for Democrats.
“The Senate Democrats’ bill isn’t really about students at all. It’s really all about Senate Democrats,” McConnell said at the time, according to the Washington Post . “They want an issue to campaign on to save their own hides this November.”
Republicans have criticized Grimes for bringing in Warren, who is popular with liberal Democrats.
Warren and Grimes told the crowd that they don’t agree with one another on every issue, but Warren said she needs Grimes in the the Senate. And Grimes made the point that she operates more as a moderate.
“I’m use to operating from the center, I know what that is about,” Grimes said of being the middle child. “Senator Warren just told you we don’t agree on every issue, but we do agree that Washington isn’t working for Kentucky families — for American families.”
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