An Iowa man forcefully confronted Sen. Elizabeth Warren after a campaign town hall event in Grimes on Monday.
The exchange between the town hall attendee, who identified himself as a father, was captured on video and shared widely on social media.
“I just wanted to ask one question. My daughter is getting out of school. I’ve saved all my money. She doesn’t have any student loans. Am I going to get my money back?” the man told Warren in a photo line following the event.
“Of course not,” Warren replied.
“So you’re going to pay for people who didn’t save any money and those of us who did the right thing get screwed,” he said.
Warren, 70, has pledged to tackle student loan debt if she is elected president in 2020. Part of the Massachusetts senator’s platform includes cancelling student loans outright for 42 million Americans.
Speaking to the concerned father, Warren dismissed the notion that anyone would get “screwed” by her plan.
“He made more than I did. But I worked a double shift, worked extra — my daughter worked since she was 10. So, you’re laughing,” the man said.
The 2020 presidential candidate denied the man’s accusation that she was “laughing” off the issue.
“Yeah, that’s exactly what you’re doing,” he said. “We did the right thing, and we get screwed.”
“I appreciate your time,” Warren replied.
- Elizabeth Warren.: Screen grab