Can Obama's College Plan Work?
August 23rd, 2013
12:36 PM ET

Can Obama's College Plan Work?

President Obama hit the road in New York this week and spoke with CNN's Chris Cuomo  about his plans to help make college more affordable for the middle-class.

The president says his plan will have three main goals:

"We're gonna start rating colleges. Rate them on who is offering best value so students and taxpayers can get the best bang for your buck," Obama said in Buffalo.

Obama also said his plan would "jumpstart new competition between colleges" and would "make sure that if you have to take on debt...that you have ways to manage and afford it."

CNN Political Contributors Ana Navarro and Paul Begala weighed in on President Obama's plan to help lower college tuition for students around the country.

Navarro said this issue has bipartisan support but took the Republican line rallying against government control.

"The part that is problematic is tying financial aid to those metrics that are imposed by government and having bureaucrats deciding that," she said. "That kind of big government intervention is where he'll run into trouble."

Begala was quick to support Obama's initiative and said this puts the president at the heart of the middle-class agenda.

"He is right where voters are. People are saying the only way I can earn a living, or my kids can earn a living that can support a family, is to get a good education and that is slipping away from us."

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