Presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., defended two key planks of her economic platform in a PBS NewsHour interview Thursday, arguing that her campaign proposals on student debt relief and taxes would reduce inequality while addressing wealth disparities between whites and minorities.

Warren unveiled a plan last month that she said would cancel, in full, all of the student loan debt held by 75 percent of borrowers in the United States, and extend some student loan relief to millions of others. The plan drew praise but was also criticized for
focusing too little on students who are most in need of aid, including non-white students. Warren argued Thursday that her proposal would help close racial disparities.

“It’s specifically designed so that it helps close the

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