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Kamala Harris Launched Her 2020 Presidential Bid by Calling for Debt-Free College & More

California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris formally kicked off her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday, where she said that education affordability would be a priority if she were elected.

More specifically, Harris said she wanted to make college "debt-free" for students.

“I am running to declare education is a fundamental right, and we will guarantee that right with universal pre-K and debt-free college," Harris said.

She hasn't yet revealed any details about her plan for "debt-free" college, but in 2017, she supported Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' legislation to make public colleges and universities tuition-free. Dubbed "College for All," the legislation placed a cap on the free tuition, only allowing students to participate if their families made less than $125,000. However, all community colleges would've been tuition-free; student loan interest rates would've been cut in half; and funding for the Federal Work-Study program would've been tripled. 

During her speech on Sunday, Harris also condemned "leaders who attack public schools and vilify public school teachers." 

As for her other priorities, Harris advocated for a Medicare-for-all plan, tax breaks and pay increases for working- and middle-class families, and "reversing this administration's giveaways to big corporations and the top one percent."

"And as we embark on this campaign, I will tell you this: I am not perfect. Lord knows, I am not perfect," Harris said toward the end of her speech. "But I will always speak with decency and moral clarity and treat all people with dignity and respect. I will lead with integrity. And I will speak the truth."

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