ICYMI: Daily Cardinal Endorses Russ for Senator

November 7, 2016 News · Press Releases

“Feingold’s devotion to everyday Wisconsinites shines through in his plan to make college affordable to all.”

Today, Russ was endorsed by UW-Madison’s Daily Cardinal. Daily Cardinal highlighted Russ’s commitment to reducing the burden of student debt, and making higher education attainable for all students and underlined Sen. Johnson’s opposition to commonsense student loan reform.

The Daily Cardinal’s endorsement is the eighth Russ has earned from Wisconsin newspapers. The latest follows endorsements from the Milwaukee Courier, La Crosse Tribune, Shepherd Express, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Cap Times, Kenosha News, and the Wisconsin Gazette.

Key Points

  • "Feingold’s commitment to the needs of all Wisconsinites, as well as his superior plan to make college more affordable, make him the right candidate for the job."

  • "The former senator has spent time at more than a dozen college campuses over the course of this campaign speaking to students, demonstrating a commitment to put his constituents’ interests first."

  • "His stance on the issue contrasts sharply with Johnson’s, who infamously stated that student loans were “kind of free money” in 2015. Johnson has also insinuated that many students don’t graduate in four years because “college is fun” and that students don’t focus their freshman year."

  • "Russ Feingold’s genuine drive and desire to work on making college affordable to all, as well as his long history of promoting a progressive agenda that would better the lives of his constituents, make him the clear choice."

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Feingold’s student debt policy makes him best choice for undergrads

As of 2016, 44.2 million Americans cumulatively owe over $1.3 trillion in student debt. Students who graduated in the Class of 2016 left school with an average of $37,000 in debt. This issue impacts young people nationwide, and is no different in Madison—70 percent of students in Wisconsin graduated with debt, according to the Institute for College Access and Success. This year’s election deals with many important issues, but to the students here, college affordability and accessibility should be a top priority.

Incumbent United States Senator Ron Johnson, and former Senator Russ Feingold continue to battle in one of the most important down-ballot races in this year’s election. The Democrats hope to retake control of the Senate, and a Feingold victory would go a long way in helping them achieve their goal. Feingold’s commitment to the needs of all Wisconsinites, as well as his superior plan to make college more affordable, make him the right candidate for the job.

Helping students with debt has been one of Feingold’s main focuses since he launched his campaign. The former senator has spent time at more than a dozen college campuses over the course of this campaign speaking to students, demonstrating a commitment to put his constituents’ interests first.

Feingold’s devotion to everyday Wisconsinites shines through in his plan to make college affordable to all. He supports increased budgets from the states, which would make a college education more accessible to those who struggle to afford it. He also seeks to allow students burdened with loans to refinance their debts—a process that’s already been implemented effectively to help Americans pay their mortgages.

His stance on the issue contrasts sharply with Johnson’s, who infamously stated that student loans were “kind of free money” in 2015. Johnson has also insinuated that many students don’t graduate in four years because “college is fun” and that students don’t focus their freshman year.

UW-Madison students should take many issues into account when considering candidates this year, but student debt and college accessibility should be a top priority to all—even those who don’t have debt themselves. Students need a representative in Washington who will advocate for them and their interests. Russ Feingold’s genuine drive and desire to work on making college affordable to all, as well as his long history of promoting a progressive agenda that would better the lives of his constituents, make him the clear choice.

Read the full endorsement here.