GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It was a busy week for presidential politics in Michigan last week with two presidential candidates and a vice presidential candidate in the state.
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson spoke before the Detroit Economic Club and Republican nominee Donald Trump was in Flint on Wednesday. That was the day after Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine stopped in Ann Arbor for a rally.
Sen. Kaine, of Virginia, said one of the priorities for the Democratic Clinton-Kaine ticket would be making college education free for many people, including large numbers in Michigan.
“Eighty-nine percent of Michigan families would benefit from this free tuition proposal that Hillary and I have, and we also have a guarantee. We think we ought to make college debt free for everybody,” Kaine said. “Michigan’s a good example. The state funding to education has been dramatically reduced over the last decade and that means that consequently the cost to families has gone up dramatically and now in Michigan there’s nearly $40 billion in student loan debt. That makes it harder for students to graduate and start careers, buy houses, buy cars. It hurts the economy. So we have a significant plan. It’s bold but other nations can do it and we can, too.”
Above on this Sept. 18, 2016 episode of “To The Point,” presidential politics and the candidates, plus what two Grand Valley State University professors have to say about this unusual election cycle.