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Rand Paul to College Students: I'll Let You Deduct Your Tuition Costs

President Obama is pushing for free community college. Why not just offer undergrads free money?
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and GOP presidential hopeful continues his 'Stand by Rand' tour at the University of Iowa campus on April 10, 2015 in Iowa City, IA.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and GOP presidential hopeful continues his 'Stand by Rand' tour at the University of Iowa campus on April 10, 2015 in Iowa City, IA.

Photograph: David Greedy/Getty Images

IOWA CITY, Iowa—Kentucky Senator Rand Paul came to the University of Iowa to offer a few hundred college students something they were sure to love, something they were probably not expecting from a libertarian. He came promising free money.

"The president wants to offer you free college," Paul said, referring to President Barack Obama's State of the Union proposal to fund two years of community college (not an education at a place like Iowa State, which is a public university) for any American who wanted it. "Sounds good, at first, until you really think about it. How could it be free?  Won't somebody still bear the cost of paying professors, paying for electricity, paying janitorial services?  I've got a better idea—let's let college students deduct the cost of their education over their working career!"