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Democratic Candidates Spar Over Free College at Debate

Democratic Presidential candidates clashed Thursday evening over how to make college more affordable, with dueling proposals that would either allow everyone to qualify for free tuition and public colleges and universities or only those who need the help the most.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have embraced the most progressive positions: a tuition-free model for all public two-year and four-year colleges and the wide-scale elimination of student loan debt.

Those stances were challenged Thursday – as they have been in the past – by candidates like South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who instead proposes to cover the cost of college only for those who earn less than $150,000 a year.

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