Vice President Talks Student Loans, Religion At Pitt

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A standing room-only crowd of Pitt students and faculty warmly received Vice President Biden, as the Vice President told the students that he and the President stood with them on the issue of student loans.

“That’s why the president used his executive power on Wednesday, October 26, to say beginning next year no student will have to pay more than 10 percent of his disposable income to pay off their college loans. Period,” Biden said.

Biden said that an obstructionist Congress intent on cutting education funds must not stand in America’s way, particularly when it comes to America’s students.

“In spite of these headwinds, this obstructionism, we’ve determined to do more with or without congress because we cannot wait. America cannot wait. We cannot let ourselves fall further behind the rest of the world,” Biden said.

Students — an important political base of this administration — liked Biden’s speech, particularly because he talked about his own struggles as a student and parent.

“I thought it was interesting to hear him talk about paying for his own kids’ college and how that really put him out because I think that’s a big issue we are dealing with right now,” said Maria Bruno of Medina, Ohio.

“The message he was sending about what our parents are dealing with, that’s something I see every time I go home, and I think he understands that really well,” said Megan Ault of Youngstown, Ohio.

Biden stated the case for this administration’s support for middle class families with whom he identifies.

“When I did my financial disclosure form as Vice President, the Washington Post said it was probable that no Vice President ever assumed the office with fewer assets. I hope they meant financial assets,” Biden said.

Staying overtime, the Vice President then took questions, including a surprising one.

“Are you a man of faith, and how does your faith affect your understanding of personal power,” one student asked.

Biden said he hadn’t talked religion in public for decades but acknowledged he was a Catholic for whom, “the single worst sin is the abuse of power, whether it’s a man’s hand or fist to a woman or child, or whether its economic power used to denigrate or embarrass or take advantage of someone else.”

And he had strong words for those who question Republican Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith.

“I think it is outrageous that polling data show people will not support him, whatever the percentage is, because he is LDS, because he is a Mormon,” Biden said.

As the first Catholic elected to national office since John F. Kennedy, faith means a great deal to Biden, but he couldn’t be clearer in his belief that religion plays no role in choosing the next president of the United States.

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  • The One

    Only 14 more months of this clown!

  • Paid my Dues

    So wait… why did I bother being a hard-working citizen and pay off my college loans in only 10 years? If I had been a minimum payment bum, I could have the loans forgiven in 5 more years!

  • hotel6

    The Republicans should be ashamed with their candidates. The country is going to hell.

  • Mayor of GBD

    Great, teach them young to renig on a contract. BRILLIANT!

  • Biden You Lie

    Biden has a lot of nerve discussing an abuse of power with a healthcare bill that FORCES one to buy insurance, forces the belief of the catholic church regarding charity issues, raiding private businesses and the seizure of their private property.
    4 years of a democratic majority in both houses and Obama since 2009 and they did nothing about jobs and this was and is while dems were the majority.
    In 20 years if we’re even a 2nd rate country by then there will be another financial crunch regarding these unpaid loans and these students will one way or the other be paying this debt they may possibly remember this clown and his communist boss.

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  • Joe + Mitt

    And what does he do ?….. Offer support to “Oven” Mitt Romney…..Nothing like plugging the other team….Idiot !

  • Tuttle this

    Sorry little Tin Tuttle Bush and Chenny haven’t been in office for 3 years, that Obama and Biden has,whose administration has spent even more than Bush.
    At least GW didn’t FORCE laws that are unconstitutional, Bush can’t be president now and that’s what I’m concerned with and I promise Obama and thugs wont be either.

    • mis-direction videos

      A video that will be changed with comments below it that are not related to the video.

  • gman

    How does tuttle know what`s constitutional and what isn`t? If we can be forced to participate in Social Security and buy auto insurance I expect the Affordable Healthcare Act will be upheld.
    Gomer Bush is gone and I suggest you get over it. He didn`t force any laws on anybody but he did get 31,000 Americans killed or wounded looking for wmd`s.

    • Really

      A Democrat started and FORCED Social Security, and auto insurance is necessary for you could injure others and they would not be able to take care of themselves for healthcare only affects each individual.
      Sunday Pgh., Post Gazette ad page G-3 Community Organizers Wanted for economic justice by AFL-CIO , Hmmmmmmmm, I wonder what that for.???

  • Tut the acorn advocate nut job

    Anybody can make claims without proof in a video,

  • abb

    I would like to address the fact that kdka tries to prevent comments being made about Obama and an alleged affair with a well known gay man who went to his church and was mysteriously killed execution style but kdka has tried to block my comments.

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