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2016 Postmortem

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Wed Jul 6, 2016, 09:12 AM Jul 2016

Clinton Expands College-Cost Plan to Appeal to Sanders Supporters [View all]

Clinton Expands College-Cost Plan to Appeal to Sanders Supporters
Jennifer Epstein

Hillary Clinton is changing her college-affordability plan in an effort to reach Bernie Sanders supporters, proposing the elimination of public in-state tuition for students whose families make less than $125,000, an aide said.

Clinton’s move toward Sanders’ proposal—tuition-free college at public institutions—comes as she seeks to consolidate the Vermont senator’s backers in her campaign for the White House against Republican Donald Trump.

Her proposals follow a meeting with Sanders last month in Washington, where the aide said they discussed how to prioritize college-affordability issues—a key interest of young voters—during the general election. Clinton had just secured the nomination, but Sanders had vowed to press on to the Democratic National Convention that starts July 25.

More recently, Sanders has said of his endorsing Clinton, “I hope it happens. As of this moment, we’re not quite there yet.” A spokesman for Sanders, who is meeting with House Democrats on Wednesday, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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