Mia Love: Reduce tuition to make college affordable

Utah Republican congressional candidate Mia Love took the issue of rising college tuition and the Democrats’ “War on Women” accusation head on during an appearance on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace this morning.

Love, who aims to become the first black Republican congresswoman, responded accusing government of crowding out the private sector, which she says has contributed to a 500 percent increase in college tuition since the 1980s.

“There are people today who can’t [afford tuition] today because the price of tuition is too high unless they’re completely indebted,” Love said. “We can bring them to a state level and let the private sector come in and compete, and I think it will drive the price of tuition down and give more people an opportunity for higher education.”

Wallace questioned Love’s proposal to slash federal spending by $759 billion by 2021, while cutting $53 billion in food subsidies, K-12 education by $53 billion and end college assistance to save another $33 billion.

But Love said she put those numbers out to start a discussion, especially on the cost of tuition, so it becomes more affordable for young Americans.

“We need to look at how much debt we are giving people, and I’d really like to look at bringing the cost of tuition down,” Love said.

Yet Wallace questioned her credibility noting that she has more than $15,000 in unpaid college debt outstanding, but Love avoided the question noting that the over $1 trillion in unpaid student loan debt threatens the economy.

“Many people are leaving college right now completely indebted, and they can’t find work to pay off some of those loans,” Love said. “What’s going to happen with the college education is the same thing that happened with the housing market.

“We are going to end up being in big trouble when people can’t pay back those loans.”

She rebutted the Democrats’ “War on Women” rhetoric by suggesting that women have suffered more under President Obama’s leadership, with 5.7 million women out of work.

“I would like the federal government let me keep a little of my own money, so I can pay for my own contraceptives if I want to,” Love said. “To me it’s about free choice and more liberties than anything else, so I think that the federal government trying to bring this so-called ‘War on Women’ idea is just a way to distract from the fact they are not talking about their failed policies.”

When Wallace asked her about the Democrats’ suggestion that Republicans want to take away a woman’s right to choose abortion, Love responded saying that government should be protecting life.

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