In Bexley Stop, Obama Touts College Affordability

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President Obama focused on college affordability during a stop at Capital University in Bexley.(Photo: Mike Thompson, WOSU)
President Obama focused on college affordability during a stop at Capital University in Bexley.(Photo: Mike Thompson, WOSU)

President Barack Obama focused on higher education accessibility and affordability in this latest trip to Central Ohio. It was the president’s latest attempt to separate himself from Republican Mitt Romney.

After stopping for a quick sandwich at the Ohio Union at Ohio State…  The president greeted supporters and returning students at Capital University in Bexley

The president again criticized Mitt Romney for his support of Medicare cuts, and tax breaks for the wealthy..but on this Central Ohio college tour, Mr. Obama focused on what Capital Senior Candace Goers will face when she graduates -   $ 40,000 in student loan debt.

“ I try not to look at the statements that tell me how much I have to pay a month,” said Goers

Candace Goers expects to get a good paying nursing job and hopes to pay off the loan quickly…   The president said he and Michelle Obama landed good jobs after college and law school.. but still faced a mountain of debt

“We did not pay off our student loans until about 8 years ago,” said the president.

That was the president’s message.  He, like Capital students in the audience, benefited from grants and subsidized student loans while he portrayed Mitt Romeny as being out of touch with the average college student .  He criticized Romney for telling Ohio students to shop around to get the best college deal and to borrow from their parents to make tuition payments.

“Not everyone has parents with Money to lend, “ said President Obama.

Obama touted his plans to make college more affordable including extending college tuition tax credits, capping loan payments at 10 percent of income and incentives to keep tuition low.

Republicans are not buying the campus rhetoric..   they say the costs of in-state tuition at four year colleges have increased during the president’s term.. and the weak economy means new college graduates have fewer job opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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