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Michael Bennet would rather have free preschool than free college, he tells Soapbox crowd


August 12, 2019
Austin Cannon
Des Moines Register

Speaking to hundreds of potential Democratic caucusgoers during the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado used some of his time to talk about the presidential candidate who would take the stage next.

Bennet, responding to questions from the crowd at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox, said he doesn’t believe in completely eliminating college debt as proposed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Instead, Bennet said he wants to make it easier for people to pay off their student loans by reducing the amount paid back each year.

“Well, I don’t (support it),” he said, responding to scattered boos. “You gotta make choices. I would rather have free preschool in this country than free college in this country. That’s my feeling.

“You know why politicians don’t talk about free preschool and do talk about free college? Because preschool kids can’t vote.”