Dear MoveOn member,
When Mitch McConnell filibustered Elizabeth Warren's bill to ease the burden of student debt, the pundits said the bill was dead and it was time to give up.1
But Elizabeth Warren isn't giving up—she's taking the fight to Mitch McConnell's backyard.2 And we need to get behind her.
Sen. Warren went to Kentucky to campaign with McConnell's challenger with a simple message: If Mitch McConnell keeps blocking help for families drowning in debt, it might just cost him his seat.
And since the latest polls show Mitch McConnell in a dead heat against his Democratic opponent, he's either gotta stop blocking help for students—or pay the price politically.
Sen. Warren can't force Mitch McConnell to back down all on her own. If we can raise $100,000, we'll get started by putting an ad on the Facebook page of every college student in the state of Kentucky letting them know that Mitch McConnell is almost single-handedly making them pay a higher interest rate on their college loans. Can you chip in $3?
This is exactly why we were so excited to have Elizabeth Warren in the Senate in the first place. Other Democrats talk about working families. She's fighting for them.
And here's why her strategy is so smart: Political experts think Republicans will win control of the Senate because of low turnout in a midterm election. But if college students turn out like they did in 2012, then Democrats will keep control of the Senate, and Mitch McConnell is finished.
Still, if we want Elizabeth Warren to win this fight, we need to get behind her. The opposition of the banks and the big student lenders is just too powerful for anyone to win alone.
Thanks for all you do.
–Ilya, Alejandro, Corinne, Mark, and the rest of the team
1. "Elizabeth Warren's bill to refinance student loans dies in the Senate. Now what?" The Washington Post, June 11, 2014
2. "Alison Grimes and Elizabeth Warren rally for higher ed " The Courier-Journal, June 29, 2014
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