Elizabeth Warren clashes with Iowa father who calls her student loan policy unfair

Oliver O'Connell

Elizabeth Warren was confronted by an angry father at a campaign event in Iowa by an angry father who took issue with her plan to forgive student loan debts.

Arguing that those who paid for college tuition themselves would be “screwed” by her proposal, he confronted the Democratic senator on Monday at a presidential campaign town hall in Grimes, Iowa.

Having waited patiently in line for a photo, he said: “I just wanted to ask one question. My daughter is getting out of school. I've saved all my money. She doesn't have any student loans. Am I going to get my money back?”

“Of course not,” Senator Warren replied.

“So you're going to pay for people who didn't save any money and those of us who did the right thing get screwed,” replied the man in an infuriated tone.

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Warren begins to respond, but the man cuts her off and continues: “Of course we did. My buddy had fun, bought a car, went on vacations. I saved my money.”

“He made more than I did. But I worked a double shift, worked extra — my daughter worked since she was 10. So, you're laughing at us,” he continued.

“No, I'm not,” said Warren.

“Yeah, that's exactly what you're doing,” he said. “We did the right thing, and we get screwed,” he added.

“I appreciate your time,” said Warren, seeming to offer a handshake.

“No, that’s alright,” the frustrated man says, walking off and dismissing her gesture.

According to fivethirtyeight.com, Warren is currently in fourth place in the Iowa polls with 16.4 per cent, behind Buttigieg (16.6 per cent), Sanders (17.8 per cent), and Biden (21.4 per cent).

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