ATHENS, OH (WCMH) — The path to the presidency is in the home stretch as we’re just over a month from Election Day. As the candidates continue to criss-cross the country on their campaigns so do their high-profile supporters.
Former president Bill Clinton continued his 2016 presidential bus tour campaign in front of nearly 2,000 young Hillary supporters. He made it very clear to the college students this election is important for their future.
Continuing his bus tour across the Midwest the former president covered a variety of issues from the economy, American justice system, to what will impact this crowd of Ohio University students the most college debt.
“Today it is almost impossible without getting a college education,” said Samantha Miller, President of the Ohio University Democrats. “Right now how college is structured is that really wealthy people get to go and everyone else has to suffer with loans that we are not allowed to refinance and to me that is unfair.”
Clinton touched upon his wife’s comprehensive plan to make higher education affordable for all Americans.
Families earning less than $125,000 a year will not pay tuition for four year public universities. Students will be able to refinance their loans and not have to worry about an interest rate.
“This is a big deal. And there would be help not just for public colleges, but for private ones that has modest tuition and high graduation rates,” said Clinton. “We have to take care of this. It is really important not just for you but for everybody else.”
“My biggest concern is my peers. I don’t want to see them get put in this recession again because of stuff like refinancing their loans and then you can’t pay off your debt,” said Anthony Elopoulous, Vice President of the Ohio University Democrats. “With most of their pay checks going to paying off college that is not what we need. We need to put that money in the workforce and in the economy.”
Clinton says this election is in the hands of college students, that’s why they need to register to vote. The voting registration deadline for Ohio is one week away, October 11th.