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Throughout much of his presidential campaign, Joe Biden was viewed with skepticism, and even outright hostility, by progressives. But a leftward shift during the general election and a promising first month in office has been generally heartening for the more liberal wing of the party, without alienating the moderates who helped him earn the Democratic nomination. But this week, for the first time in his presidency, a fissure has opened between Biden and progressive Democrats.
At issue: Student debt. Progressives like Elizabeth Warren and even party leaders like Chuck Schumer have called for the administration to forgive up to $50,000 in student loans. “The federal government has turned its back on Americans young and old with student loan debt,” Warren and Schumer wrote in a joint op-ed last month, shortly after Biden and Kamala Harris took office. “The system failed them.” But in CNN town hall Tuesday, Biden made clear he views that proposal as a non-starter: “I will not make that happen,” Biden said, telling the audience he’d be prepared to “write off $10,000” as he had promised during the campaign.
Joe Biden was viewed with skepticism
Location: New York
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