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Representative Tim Ryan Seidstep drops previous support for State of the Union student debt relief

Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) told CNN’s Dana Bach on Sunday that President Biden prioritized the wrong people in announcing his student loan forgiveness this week — despite his previously urging that relief only years ago.

The House representative and current Democratic candidate for an open state Senate seat has advised Biden’s plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student loan debt for some recipients in state of the union. “There are a lot of people getting hurt in our society right now,” he said. People are crushed by inflation, gas prices, food prices, and all the rest. And I think the targeted approach right now is really sending the wrong message.”

But Ryan’s objection contrasts with an October 2018 tweet in which he demanded that students be forgiven of their debt. He followed that tweet by issuing House votes in 2020 that supported $10,000 in student debt relief.

He tweeted in 2018: “Student debt is out of control. If we can rescue banks that did everything wrong, we can help students who did everything right.”

He opened it up to criticism from his Trump-backed opponent J.D. Vance, who blasted Ryan for “turning on every aspect of the student debt issue” in Tucker Carlson tonight Thursday appearance.

The tweet also didn’t escape Bash, who passed it on to Ryan. “Isn’t that what President Biden’s policy is trying to do?” She asked.

“We’re not saying there’s not much of a burden here,” said Ryan, who admitted that he still helps pay off his wife’s student loans. “The cost of college is exorbitant, but there is nothing here to control that cost.”

Ryan proposed a broader tax cut for working-class Americans or for those with medical debts, which he said would be more favorable than those earmarked only for those who attended college.

“I think we should have a broader package here,” he said, “and I would definitely support something like that.” But I think the general tax cuts [is] The best way to go.”

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