The Latest: Clinton goes after rising college tuition, debt


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on Campaign 2016 ahead of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions (all times EDT):

10:00 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is announcing new steps aimed at tackling the rising cost of college tuition and the burden of student loan debt, including a three-month moratorium on loan payments for all federal loan borrowers.

Clinton is also calling for a plan that ensures families with annual incomes up to $125,000 pay no tuition at in-state public colleges and universities.

Wednesday’s policy rollout is a direct overture to Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who posed a serious threat to Clinton in the Democratic primary and is yet to endorse her in the general election. A Clinton campaign fact sheet announcing the new proposals was laced with multiple references to Sanders and his calls for addressing college affordability.

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9:45 a.m.

Donald Trump is tweeting back at Hillary Clinton ahead of her press conference about his turbulent business record in Atlantic City.

The Republican presidential candidate writes: “I made a lot of money in Atlantic City and left 7 years ago, great timing (as all know). Pols made big mistakes, now many bankruptcies.”

Clinton his expected to highlight Trump’s bankruptcies near the Trump Taj Mahal, which he used to own and where workers have been striking since Friday.

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9:30 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is campaigning on the famous boards of Atlantic City.

From the seaside city’s boardwalk, the Democratic presidential candidate is set to cast Republican rival Donald Trump’s turbulent business record there as a prime example of why he shouldn’t become president.

Clinton officials say she will highlight Trump’s record of “stiffing contractors” — all while “pocketing cash for himself.” She’s also expected to highlight the multiple bankruptcies under his management of Atlantic City casinos in the 1980s and 1990s.

Clinton will campaign near the Trump Taj Mahal casino, which still bears the Republican’s name but now belongs to his friend Carl Icahn. Casino workers at the hotel have been striking since Friday.

The Taj opened in 1990, but collapsed into bankruptcy a year later. At the time, Trump paid only a fraction to contractors he owned money for work.

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