Student loan forgiveness can be a reality, says Nina Turner

Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner is currently a candidate for Congress.

Turner shows up against Shontel Brown on May 3. This seat will represent Cuyahoga County in Ohio. This isn’t Turner’s first crack at this congressional seat, as she showed up last August. At that time, she was striving to fill Marcia Fudge’s seat. Fudge previously held that seat before being nominated by President Biden to become Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. So far, President Biden has taken a more cautious approach to addressing the issue of student loan forgiveness during his presidency. Turner, a prominent federal advocate for student loan forgiveness, sees this as an opportunity to highlight its importance. She has been a strong advocate for the working class, as well as millennials and Gen Z.

Turner thinks this time will be different.

Voters will be better prepared to make decisions on May 3 in more traditional circumstances. In preparation for this special election, Nina Turner sat down with Blavity U to address one of the main tenets she stands on, which is the importance of fully forgiving federal student loans. As our Blavity U universe knows, this is one of the biggest obstacles to our progress as a country.

As I once asked Jemele Hill, I asked Turner about the generational divide between Democrats and how she thinks we can fix it. She said “Democrats need to be on the same page about what’s best for working people.” Turner went on to say that the reluctance to move on to student loan forgiveness can be traced to the respective “lived experiences” of previous generations.

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Much has been made of the first year of President Biden’s presidency. There have been questions about how much power he actually has when it comes to canceling student loans. So I asked Turner the million dollar question, what power does President Biden have to completely cancel those student loans? She replied emphatically, “the same authority the president has to continue to suspend the repayment of these loans, is the same authority he has to cancel them.”

With federal student loan repayment currently on hold until August 31, the former senator is surely onto something there. Ohio, make your voices heard on May 3. If you are for the advancement of the working class, Nina Turner is here to serve you.

Check out our entire conversation below where discuss some of Ms. Turner’s early influences in her upbringing and personal life and much more!

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