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Democrats Dream of Young-Voter Enthusiasm on Student-Loan Relief

  • Biden campaigned in 2020 on relieving student loan debt
  • Younger voters turned out in record numbers in 2020, 2018
Biden speaks during a news conference on student-debt relief on Aug. 24.
Biden speaks during a news conference on student-debt relief on Aug. 24.Photographer: Bonnie Cash/UPI/Bloomberg

Democrats have two months to determine whether President Joe Biden’s student-debt relief plan is enough to repair fractured relations with young voters the party needs in an election with control of Congress at stake.

Biden has been under intense pressure from voters under 30 to enact a more progressive agenda since they helped him reach the White House in 2020. He carried about 60% of voters between 18-and-29 years old, but his inability to keep some of the bold promises he made during a campaign set against the backdrop of a national conversation on race and equality caused them to sour on his presidency.