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Andrew Stein: Will Bernie Sanders run as an independent if he loses the Democratic nomination?

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. Even though he ran unsuccessfully to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016 and has launched a similar effort for 2020, Sanders has, at every opportunity, disassociated himself from the Democratic party politically and ideologically.

In 2006 and 2012 he ran for the Democratic nomination for Senate in Vermont, and both times declined the nomination after victory, choosing to run instead as an independent. Sanders briefly joined the Democratic party to run in the 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary, but after winning the primary he un-enrolled in the Democratic party.

Indeed, even as he seeks the highest public office as a Democrat, Sanders has simultaneously filed paperwork to run for Senate as an independent in 2024.

FORMER CLINTON ADVISER, FIERCE CRITIC OF SANDERS NOW PRAISES 2020 CAMPAIGN

The equivocality of Sanders’ party affiliation looms large over a contentious and vexing presidential campaign cycle. There will likely be residual resentment from the Sanders campaign over the Democratic National Committee plainly and unfairly favoring Hillary Clinton in 2016.

According to RealClearPolitics, Bernie Sanders is polling in second place, behind former Vice President Joe Biden who plans to announce his campaign this week.

A recent Emerson poll found 26 percent of Sanders’ supporters would vote for President Trump over Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., if they were the candidates in the general election.

Sanders’ poll numbers, fundraising, and his substantial base coupled with the historic ambiguity of his relationship with the Democratic Party represent a real opportunity to seek the presidential nomination as a third-party candidate — even if he does not receive enough delegates to become the Democratic nominee.

Sanders has said himself that he is and has only run as a Democrat for president because running as a third-party candidate would diminish his chances. But in 2016, it was not his socialist policies or history as an independent that diminished his chances, but the DNC itself.

Sanders has no loyalty to the Democratic party beyond his necessary connection to win elections, and if that connection no longer becomes necessary, what happens if he decides to run as a third-party candidate in 2020?

Bernie Sanders has acquired incredibly loyal supporters since his 2016 campaign. So loyal, in fact, that a recent Emerson poll found 26 percent of Sanders’ supporters would vote for President Trump over Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., if they were the candidates in the general election.

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Similarly, the poll found 100 percent of those who said they support South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg would support Sanders over Trump. Just 79 percent of those supporting Sanders said they would vote for Buttigieg over Trump.

We are still many months out from the Democratic primaries and more Democrats are announcing their campaigns for president every day. As the field finalizes, one must ask if Sanders will even support the eventual Democratic nominee if he feels he has been denied the nomination.

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Fallon Bashes Joe Biden Over Touching Allegations With Spoof 2020 Slogan

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First, the host of “The Tonight Show” mocked Biden’s announcement video, which he likened to that of a mortgage broker.

Fallon later referred to some of the inappropriate touching allegations leveled at the former vice president with two gags involving merchandise and alternate slogans for the campaign trail.

Check out the clip above.

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Britney Spears leaves wellness facility, report says

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Britney Spears reportedly checked out of a undisclosed wellness facility Thursday where she has been reportedly seeking mental health treatment for the last month.

Spears’ boyfriend, Sam Asghari, picked the singer up and drove her home, People reported.

Spears addressed rumors she was being held at the center against her will this week in an Instagram post, saying, “There’s rumors, death threats to my family and my team, and just so many things crazy things being said.” She added that’s she’s doing “what’s best” and asked for privacy.

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS BLASTS CRITICS AMIDST BRITNEY SPEARS’ MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

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She put her second Las Vegas residency show “Britney: Domination” on indefinite hiatus in January to be by her father’s side as he battles a serious colon condition. Her first Las Vegas residency, “Britney: Piece of Me” ran from 2013 to 2017.

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NKorea Reportedly Handed U.S. $2 Million Bill Before Returning Otto Warmbier

The North Korean government demanded that American officials agree to pay $2 million for the medical treatment of Otto Warmbier before releasing him to the U.S., according to multiple media reports.

The Washington Post’s Anna Fifield first detailed the arrangement on Thursday, several years after Warmbier, an American student imprisoned for stealing a propaganda poster, suffered a mysterious brain injury while in custody. He was returned to the U.S. in a coma in June 2017 and died six days later.

According to the Post, two American emissaries were sent to Pyongyang to retrieve Warmbier after the U.S. first heard of his condition. Joseph Yun, then the State Department’s special envoy to North Korea, and Michael Flueckiger, an emergency doctor, found Warmbier in a hospital unresponsive. He had been comatose for most of his imprisonment.

When the pair began negotiating Warmbier’s release, a North Korean official gave Yun a bill for $2 million, saying he would have to sign an agreement that America would pay it before the student could be released. Fifield notes Yun called then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who spoke with President Donald Trump, and was given the go-ahead to sign the document.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Warmbier, seen in this 2016 file photo, died just days after he was returned to the U.S. He had been comatose for most of his imprisonment in North Korea.

It’s unclear if the U.S. paid any or all of the bill.

The White House declined to comment on the reports. Both The New York Times and CBS News independently confirmed the Post’s reporting.

“We do not comment on hostage negotiations, which is why they have been so successful during this administration,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to multiple news outlets.

A U.S. judge ordered the North Korean regime to pay Warmbier’s parents more than $500 million in December after they filed a wrongful death suit, although it’s unlikely the country will ever pay the judgment.

“Before Otto traveled with a tour group on a five-day trip to North Korea, he was a healthy, athletic student of economics and business in his junior year at the University of Virginia, with ‘big dreams’ and both the smarts and people skills to make him his high school class salutatorian, homecoming king, and prom king,” District Judge Beryl Howell wrote in her opinion. “He was blind, deaf, and brain dead when North Korea turned him over to U.S. government officials for his final trip home.”

Trump has touted the return of Wambier as a key part of his diplomacy with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The president has championed his administration’s efforts with the North, saying the country has stopped testing intercontinental ballistic missiles and declaring the two fell in “love” at their first-ever summit in Singapore last year. Trump also said he believed Kim, who said he did not know about Warmbier’s treatment in detention or the circumstances around his death.

“He tells me he didn’t know about it, and I take him at his word,” Trump said during a press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam in February.

Tensions with Kim have increased over the past few months, however, after the Hanoi summit ended abruptly with no new deal to rein in the North’s nuclear ambitions. Pyongyang has since said it would no longer work with current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying they wanted to speak with someone more “mature.”

The country also conducted its first weapons test since the nuclear talks broke down earlier this month, saying they had experimented with a new “tactical guided weapon.” Just days earlier, Trump said he believed he personal relationship with Kim remained “very good.”

“Perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate,” the president wrote on Twitter.

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NKorea Reportedly Handed U.S. $2 Million Bill Before Returning Otto Warmbier

The North Korean government demanded that American officials agree to pay $2 million for the medical treatment of Otto Warmbier before releasing him to the U.S., according to multiple media reports.

The Washington Post’s Anna Fifield first detailed the arrangement on Thursday, several years after Warmbier, an American student imprisoned for stealing a propaganda poster, suffered a mysterious brain injury while in custody. He was returned to the U.S. in a coma in June 2017 and died six days later.

According to the Post, two American emissaries were sent to Pyongyang to retrieve Warmbier after the U.S. first heard of his condition. Joseph Yun, then the State Department’s special envoy to North Korea, and Michael Flueckiger, an emergency doctor, found Warmbier in a hospital unresponsive. He had been comatose for most of his imprisonment.

When the pair began negotiating Warmbier’s release, a North Korean official gave Yun a bill for $2 million, saying he would have to sign an agreement that America would pay it before the student could be released. Fifield notes Yun called then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who spoke with President Donald Trump, and was given the go-ahead to sign the document.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Warmbier, seen in this 2016 file photo, died just days after he was returned to the U.S. He had been comatose for most of his imprisonment in North Korea.

It’s unclear if the U.S. paid any or all of the bill.

The White House declined to comment on the reports. Both The New York Times and CBS News independently confirmed the Post’s reporting.

“We do not comment on hostage negotiations, which is why they have been so successful during this administration,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to multiple news outlets.

A U.S. judge ordered the North Korean regime to pay Warmbier’s parents more than $500 million in December after they filed a wrongful death suit, although it’s unlikely the country will ever pay the judgment.

“Before Otto traveled with a tour group on a five-day trip to North Korea, he was a healthy, athletic student of economics and business in his junior year at the University of Virginia, with ‘big dreams’ and both the smarts and people skills to make him his high school class salutatorian, homecoming king, and prom king,” District Judge Beryl Howell wrote in her opinion. “He was blind, deaf, and brain dead when North Korea turned him over to U.S. government officials for his final trip home.”

Trump has touted the return of Wambier as a key part of his diplomacy with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The president has championed his administration’s efforts with the North, saying the country has stopped testing intercontinental ballistic missiles and declaring the two fell in “love” at their first-ever summit in Singapore last year. Trump also said he believed Kim, who said he did not know about Warmbier’s treatment in detention or the circumstances around his death.

“He tells me he didn’t know about it, and I take him at his word,” Trump said during a press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam in February.

Tensions with Kim have increased over the past few months, however, after the Hanoi summit ended abruptly with no new deal to rein in the North’s nuclear ambitions. Pyongyang has since said it would no longer work with current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying they wanted to speak with someone more “mature.”

The country also conducted its first weapons test since the nuclear talks broke down earlier this month, saying they had experimented with a new “tactical guided weapon.” Just days earlier, Trump said he believed he personal relationship with Kim remained “very good.”

“Perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate,” the president wrote on Twitter.

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Alleged killer brought back to US to face charges after fleeing to Mexico, authorities say

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A California man who allegedly fatally shot his ex-girlfriend in broad daylight last month before fleeing the country has been returned to the U.S. following his arrest in Mexico on Wednesday, authorities said.

Julio Cesar Rocha, 25, of Montlcair, is accused of shooting his 25-year-old ex-girlfriend Thalia Flores and a second unidentified male victim March 21 around 2:45 p.m. while the two were sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of a discount store in Chino. Both communities are about 36 miles east of Los Angeles.

ARREST MADE IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE OF EX-PRO HOCKEY PLAYER, COMMUNITY ADVOCATE, POLICE SAY

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Julio Cesar Rocha, 25, of Montlcair, Calif. was located in Mexico Wednesday and returned to California where he faces murder and attempted murder charges related to the death of his ex-girlfriend, Thalia Flores. (City of Chino Police Department)

Flores died at the scene. The man, whose name was not released, walked to a nearby hospital where he’s recovering from his gunshot wounds.

Rocha allegedly fled the scene and remained at large for more than a month, the Daily Bulletin reported. He was formally arrested at 4:30 p.m. after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport from Mexico, KTLA-TV reported.

The suspect was booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on murder and attempted murder charges, the City of Chino Police Department said on Facebook.

Flores ended her seven-year relationship with Rocha just two months before her death and still lived in fear of him until that point, a sister of the victim, Bernice Flores, told the Daily Bulletin.

“He said himself so many times to other people, ‘If I can’t have her, no one will.’ ” Flores said, adding that her sister stayed in the relationship longer that she would have liked in fear that Rocha would hurt her or her family if they broke up.

Rocha was convicted on misdemeanor battery in 2016 and sentenced to 60 days in prison. He was originally charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, but the charges were lowered in a plea deal, the Daily Bulletin reported.

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Rocha was convicted of misdemeanor resisting or obstructing a peace officer in 2014. A second charge of misdemeanor battery was dropped in a plea deal, and Rocha was ordered to complete a 26-week anger management course, according to San Bernardino County Superior Court records. Rocha was later arrested and sentenced to 10 days behind bars for failing to complete the course.

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Cyprus police step up search for more of suspect’s victims

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Cyprus police are intensifying a search for the remains of more victims at locations where an army officer, who authorities say admitted to killing five women and two girls, allegedly had dumped their bodies.

Police said Friday’s search will concentrate on a military firing range, a reservoir and a man-made lake near an abandoned mine approximately 32 kilometers (20 miles) west of the capital Nicosia.

On Thursday, the 35-year-old suspect told investigators that he had killed four more people than he had previously admitted to. All the suspect’s alleged victims are foreign nationals.

Police have already found the bodies of a 38-year-old Filipino woman and two as yet unidentified women.

Search crews are now looking for the daughter of the 38-year-old, a Romanian mother and daughter and another Filipino woman.

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Fox News Exclusive: Trump doesn’t think Biden will be able to ‘do the job’

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EXCLUSIVE: Trump says ‘Sleepy Joe’ Biden doesn’t have what it takes

President Trump, in a wide-ranging, exclusive phone interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, dismissed the launch of former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, nicknaming him “Sleepy Joe” and saying he’s “not the brightest bulb.” Biden, the president said, has name recognition but he won’t “be able to do the job.” When asked about Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Trump criticized his record, saying Sanders had “misguided energy” and asserted that Sanders “talks a lot” but hasn’t accomplished anything. The president referred to former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas as “a fluke” who had lost much momentum and outright dismissed Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg — although he said he was “rooting” for Buttigieg. (Trump could address Biden and the other Democratic presidential candidates when he speaks today before the National Rifle Association.)

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The Democratic Party’s youth movement: Biden’s biggest challenge?
Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Howard Dean warned Joe Biden about the troubles he may face in his presidential campaign, especially from the “35-year-olds” who Dean says have been running the party — a clear nod to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and fellow freshmen Democrats. “This is a very different party than even the party Joe Biden ran in in 2012. Very different,” Dean continued. “A lot of people could win this race. There’s 20 people in there. I think it’s going to take $20 million to get to the starting line. If you can’t raise $20 million, you’re gone, and I think that’s going to take care of about six or eight of these folks. … But it is not the same party that it was five years ago.” A progressive political group that boosted Ocasio-Cortez’s bid for Congress last year vowed to oppose Biden and blasted him as part of the “old guard.”

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More tales from the FBI texts
Text messages between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page indicate they discussed using briefings to the Trump team after the 2016 election to identify people they could “develop for potential relationships,” track lines of questioning and “assess” changes in “demeanor” – language one GOP lawmaker called “more evidence” of irregular conduct in the original Russia probe. Fox News has learned the texts, initially released in 2018 by a Senate committee, are under renewed scrutiny, with GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley and Homeland Security Committee chair Ron Johnson sending a letter Thursday night to Attorney General Bill Barr pushing for more information on the matter. President Trump, speaking on Fox News’ “Hannity” Thursday night, responded to this report by accusing Strzok and Page of an attempted “coup.” “They were trying to infiltrate the administration,” he said.

Kim accuses US of acting in ‘bad faith’
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, fresh off his summit with  Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the U.S. has been acting in “bad faith” since his Hanoi meeting with President Trump over the stalemated issue of North Korean denuclearization. The North Korean leader told the Korean Central News Agency that, “the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the region is now at a standstill and has reached a critical point,” the Straits Times of Singapore reported. Kim warned that the situation “may return to its original state as the U.S. took a unilateral attitude in bad faith at the recent second DPRK-US summit talks,” the Korean Central News Agency added.

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NFL Draft 2019: It’s all about defense
The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft saw a run on defensive players, with eight of the top 12 picks in Nashville coming from that side of the ball. After Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was taken first overall by the Arizona Cardinals, the San Francisco 49ers started a run of four straight front-seven players by taking Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa with the second overall pick — the highest draft slot for any Buckeye since left tackle Orlando Pace went No. 1 overall to the St. Louis Rams in 1997.

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TODAY’S MUST-READS
Fox News’ Ed Henry recalls spending time with Celtics great John Havlicek.
Massachusetts judge accused of helping illegal immigrant evade ICE pleads not guilty.
Rosenstein slams Obama administration for choosing ‘not to publicize full story’ of Russia hacking.
F.H. Buckley: What Democrats have forgotten about citizenship.

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
Amazon crushes earnings expectations, but revenue growth slows.
Low-tax states among best places to make a living in 2019.
Construction job market booming: These states are hiring.

#TheFlashback
2018: Bill Cosby is convicted of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004; it is the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.
1986: An explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine causes radioactive fallout to spew into the atmosphere. (Dozens of people are killed in the immediate aftermath of the disaster while the long-term death toll from radiation poisoning is believed to number in the thousands.)
1977: Notorious nightclub Studio 54 opens in New York.

SOME PARTING WORDS

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Alleged killer brought back to US to face charges after fleeing to Mexico, authorities say

A California man who allegedly fatally shot his ex-girlfriend in broad daylight last month before fleeing the country has been returned to the U.S. following his arrest in Mexico on Wednesday, authorities said.

Julio Cesar Rocha, 25, of Montlcair, is accused of shooting his 25-year-old ex-girlfriend Thalia Flores and a second unidentified male victim March 21 around 2:45 p.m. while the two were sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of a discount store in Chino. Both communities are about 36 miles east of Los Angeles.

ARREST MADE IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE OF EX-PRO HOCKEY PLAYER, COMMUNITY ADVOCATE, POLICE SAY

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Julio Cesar Rocha, 25, of Montlcair, Calif. was located in Mexico Wednesday and returned to California where he faces murder and attempted murder charges related to the death of his ex-girlfriend, Thalia Flores. (City of Chino Police Department)

Flores died at the scene. The man, whose name was not released, walked to a nearby hospital where he’s recovering from his gunshot wounds.

Rocha allegedly fled the scene and remained at large for more than a month, the Daily Bulletin reported. He was formally arrested at 4:30 p.m. after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport from Mexico, KTLA-TV reported.

The suspect was booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on murder and attempted murder charges, the City of Chino Police Department said on Facebook.

Flores ended her seven-year relationship with Rocha just two months before her death and still lived in fear of him until that point, a sister of the victim, Bernice Flores, told the Daily Bulletin.

“He said himself so many times to other people, ‘If I can’t have her, no one will.’ ” Flores said, adding that her sister stayed in the relationship longer that she would have liked in fear that Rocha would hurt her or her family if they broke up.

Rocha was convicted on misdemeanor battery in 2016 and sentenced to 60 days in prison. He was originally charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, but the charges were lowered in a plea deal, the Daily Bulletin reported.

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Rocha was convicted of misdemeanor resisting or obstructing a peace officer in 2014. A second charge of misdemeanor battery was dropped in a plea deal, and Rocha was ordered to complete a 26-week anger management course, according to San Bernardino County Superior Court records. Rocha was later arrested and sentenced to 10 days behind bars for failing to complete the course.

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Elizabeth Warren Wants to Cancel Student Loans. Critics Wonder if That’s the Right Solution.

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It has become a rallying cry of the left: College should be free, or, at the very least, should not come with mountains of debt.

Senator Elizabeth Warren this week laid out one of the most ambitious plans yet, promising free public college and debt clearance for the majority of student loan holders. Cost: $1.25 trillion over 10 years, billed to the ultrawealthy.

The announcement from Ms. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who is running for president, had many students and former students cheering. It also raised long-simmering questions about the cost and quality of higher education, and who should pay for it.

Ms. Warren’s plan would offer a one-time clearance of student debt for 75 percent of borrowers, and at least some relief for 42 million Americans. It would cancel $640 billion of the $1.5 trillion in outstanding student debt.

For Samantha Morgan and her husband, Justin, the plan would be life-changing. He works as a laboratory manager, and she works part-time for a nonprofit. They said they had accrued about $70,000 in student loan debt between them and are making payments on an income-based repayment plan.

“Your monthly payment is so low that you’re not paying your loans because interest accrues so fast,” Ms. Morgan, 30, said. “My loan has actually gotten bigger.”

If they faithfully make their payments for 20 years, the loans would be forgiven. The couple, who have a 3-year-old son, said they could not afford to buy a house and were reluctant to have another child, in part because of their debt burden.

The Morgans are precisely the kind of people that Ms. Warren’s proposal is meant to help. But one criticism of the plan, and of other candidates’ ideas to eliminate college tuition or student debt, is that it would benefit some on the road to becoming doctors, lawyers and other well-paid professionals.

The Warren campaign said that the plan was designed both to capture a wide swath of borrowers, and to target those who need it most. Its payouts are progressive, canceling up to $50,000 for every person with a household income under $100,000, but gradually declining for households with incomes up to $250,000. Those who make more than $250,000 would get nothing.

Still, to Sandy Baum, an expert on college affordability at the Urban Institute, $50,000 in debt clearance was too much. Forgiving $10,000 in loans would eliminate debt for a third of borrowers, she said.

“That is virtually all the borrowers who are low-income, who don’t have a bachelor’s degree, who dropped out of college, who are struggling most,” as opposed to those who are in a better position to pay off their loans, Ms. Baum said. The average federal student loan debt is $32,000, according to federal data.

An Urban Institute analysis found that the loan cancellation plan would benefit black students — who on average borrow more for college — more than other racial and ethnic groups. Warren campaign officials said the plan was meant to address the fact that black students tend to have fewer family assets to draw on.

The plan got a positive reception from several students at New York University who were enjoying a sunny spring day this week. Some spoke of benefits beyond a financial boon.

Andrew O’Connor, 25, a second-year law student, said loan cancellation could liberate him and his classmates from the pressure of going into corporate law, rather than public interest law.

Another law student, Catherine Larsen, 26, said she had taken out loans just to pay her living expenses, and she expected to go into government service. “It’s kind of scary,” she said. “What if I follow this low-paid path and end up kind of screwed?”

While a federal public service loan forgiveness program exists, questions continue to swirl about eligibility and whether the government will hold up its end of the bargain. Under the Warren plan, federal debt would be cleared “automatically” using available data about income and outstanding debt, meaning borrowers would not have to apply. Eligible private debt would be bought out and canceled by the government.

Supporters of Ms. Warren’s plan said it would help people in jobs that require high levels of education but do not command top salaries, like teachers. Ms. Warren also presented the plan as a middle-class stimulus package that would put money back into the economy.

Paul Hankins, an English teacher in Sellersburg, Ind., said that in the next couple of years, his two children would be going to college, and everyone in his family would end up with student debt.

Mr. Hankins, 49, returned to school at 30 to become a teacher. He and his wife, a nurse practitioner, had taken on loans willingly to do what they loved, he said, and still owe almost $40,000 combined.

But “it’s a bill that we pay every month,” he said. “And the way you pay them, they hang on for so long. You’re like, ‘Wait, when was the last time that I actually sat in a classroom when I was doing this?’ I could put more money into my classroom if I weren’t putting money back into my education.”

Some critics questioned the value of such a huge investment in tuition and loan cancellation, and whether bailing out people with college degrees was the best way to spend nearly half the proceeds of Ms. Warren’s proposed wealth tax, which she estimates would bring in $2.75 trillion over 10 years. (Ms. Warren also proposes other uses for the increased tax revenue, like universal child care.)

“I think it’s a hard sell,” said Beth Akers, an economist and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, though she did give the Warren campaign credit for trying to make the plan progressive by tying it to income.

Others felt a one-time clearance of debt would not address the root causes of the nation’s student debt crisis. Matthew Chingos, director of the Center on Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute, suggested that the plan was not forward-looking enough.

“The plan aims to wipe out a lot of debt, but that could end up being a bit of a Band-Aid, and we’d start marching back to where we are,” Mr. Chingos said.

Warren campaign officials argued that overall student debt would shrink because many students would opt for free public college. They added that competition would then drive down the price of private school tuition.

Luke Stuntz, an undergraduate student in environmental studies, was skeptical that people would flock to public colleges if they became tuition free. He said he had chosen to take out loans to go to N.Y.U. when he could have gone to a good state school in his home state of Massachusetts for much less.

“I kind of know what I’m getting into,” Mr. Stuntz, 19, said. “A lot of kids go into debt not knowing what they want to do.”

In a post on Medium announcing the plan on Monday, Ms. Warren talked about how she, as an aspiring young teacher, had paid just $50 in tuition a semester at the University of Houston. “I could afford it on a part-time waitressing salary,” she said.

Those days, of course, are long gone. Over the past 20 years, average tuition and fees at private four-year colleges rose 58 percent, after accounting for inflation, while tuition at four-year public colleges increased even more, by more than 100 percent, according to research from the College Board.

Resentment over a potential windfall for others has played no small part in the debate over Ms. Warren’s plan. That millions of Americans, in one fell swoop, would be relieved of the punishing burdens that many have scrimped and saved for decades to pay off did not sit well with Ms. Warren’s critics.

In some ways, the drive for free tuition reflects the growing public anxiety about the value of college, said Ms. Akers of the Manhattan Institute.

“People are going to college without a lot of information about what their degrees are going to be worth,” she said. “Prices for college have to come more into line with the value they’re providing. That is the core issue these policymakers are trying to address.”

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