Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
In this new series, "Questions for Martha McSally," we pose questions to
the McSally campaign about her positions on current hot topics — I am
not going to give her a free pass until after the primary election is
over like our local media did in 2012.
I am still awaiting an answer from the Martha McSally campaign to my Questions for Martha McSally: What is your position on the House GOP student loan bill?
Does McSally stand by her position in 2012:
In 2012, McSally recommended ending the federal
student loan program: “As a conservative, the federal government needs
to be doing less legislation, not more legislation, when it comes to
these local issues. So I would propose no legislation in order to
address these rising costs. But we would stop having federal loans that are piling up that then raise the cost of tuition, surprisingly." [Vail High School Debate, Part 3, Question asked 1:00, McSally responded 2:44, uploaded 4/05/12]
An addendum today, "Did Martha McSally receive any federally backed student loans during her education?"
This issue is a hot topic today because Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), the conservative hero who’s running against Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), voted against the compromise student loan bill despite having received federally backed Stafford loans to help pay for his own education. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Rep., Took Student Loans, Voted Against Them. "Cotton, a House freshman, voted no because he doesn't want the government in the student loan business." (McSally's position in 2012).
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee found Cotton's position worth noting, sending along a statement from spokesman Justin Barasky:
It shows arrogance and bad judgment that Tom Cotton would refuse to provide the same financial assistance to Arkansas students that he personally used to go to Harvard. Arkansans deserve an explanation as to why Cotton would deny students the same opportunities he received. Hardworking students in Arkansas and around the country need leaders who are standing up for them in Washington. Tom Cotton is proving to be a self serving politician who only cares about his own promotion and does not care about helping Arkansans.
Voters in Congressional District 2 have the right to know your positions on current hot topics, Ms. McSally. Feel free to answer this inquiry by posting a comment. More questions to follow.