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October 4, 2012

Bill Clinton: GOP taking away students' rights

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Obama wants to make tax credits for college expenses permanent and expand Pell grants for lower-earning families. Romney, who stresses the need to curb college costs, says that making government the direct source of federal student loans has not worked and simply drives tuition higher.

Clinton argued that returning to the old system will give subsidies to banks and make student loans more expensive and more difficult to re-pay.

“Nothing could more clearly state the difference in approaches to our long-term economic challenges,” he said. “Not every job in the 21st century will require a four-year degree, but almost every job will be created by someone who has one.”

Beyond education, Clinton cast the election as a choice between a nation that celebrates diversity, cooperation and shared prosperity and one built on conflict and an “on your own attitude.” And he argued that Obama’s economic plan is better both in the short term and long term than Romney’s.

“The only reason this is a race is that we’re Americans, we’re impatient, we want things fixed yesterday, and the economy is not fixed,” he said.

It was Clinton’s second trip to New Hampshire in just over two months. In late July, he campaigned for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan. Obama won New Hampshire in 2008, and recent polls have given him an edge over Romney in the state where Romney owns a summer home and has maintained a significant campaign presence since the January presidential primary.

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