Dodd & Richardson provide fireworks for National Service at Vegas Debate…
Posted by aaronjmarquez on November 17, 2007
At last night’s Democratic Presidential Debate, Governor Bill Richardson (D-AR) touted his college loan forgiveness plan and U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) reminded voters of his Peace Corps experience. Based on the applause they received, luck certainly seemed to be on their side by playing the National Service card in Vegas last night.
When asked about education, Governor Richardson addressed the rising cost of college tuition.
GOV. RICHARDSON: We need also — (interrupted by applause) — we need also to have a college education policy that deals with these huge loans that are killing our college students. (Cheers, applause.)
What I would do is, in exchange for two years of tuition, government pays tuition, one year of National Service for this country. (Applause.) Those are the kind of creative solutions we want in this country.
Responding to a question about immigration, Senator Dodd used the opportunity to share with voters a skill he learned during one of his earliest experiences in service to America.
MR. BLITZER: Very important. I want Senator Dodd, though, to respond, because you voted for that security fence along the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
SEN. DODD: Well, first of all — (speaks in Spanish). (Cheers, applause.)
I was in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.
Senator Dodd and Governor Richardson are the only two Presidential candidates who have rolled out National Service plans formally endorsed by ServeNext.