House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took to Twitter Thursday night to explain why she thought it was “sad” to see Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg use what she termed “a GOP talking point” in a new campaign ad about tuition-free college.
Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks were in response to a copy of Buttigieg’s advertisement shared by Politico journalist Alex Thompson. In the ad, which Thompson wrote was targeted at Iowa voters, Buttigieg is depicted discussing policy in a room full of voters. Specifically, he discussed a plan that would provide free college to 80 percent of American families.
“I believe we should move to make college affordable for everybody,” Buttigieg said in the video. “There are some voices saying, ‘Well, that doesn’t count … unless it’s even free for the kids of millionaires.’ But I only want to make promises that we can keep.”
He further said that he would be wary of “turning off half the country” by proposing a policy that would make college free for all. The proposal of free college has been a significant policy point for Buttigieg’s fellow presidential candidates, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Both senators have also touted policies that would eliminate most of the estimated $1.5 trillion in student loan debt in America.