Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and President-elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education pick Betsy Devos went head to head during her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, specifically on the topic of tuition costs.
Sanders asked if DeVos would be willing to work with him on combating student debt and making college tuition free.
“I think that’s a really interesting idea, and it’s really great to consider and think about, but I think we also have to consider the fact that nothing in life is really free,” she replied.
DeVos began to speak about making tuition affordable until Sanders interrupted her to ask about making it free.
“I think we can work toward and work hard to make college education in some way affordable,” she said, similar to her first answer.
Sanders also criticized her donations to the Republican Party, suggesting it may have influenced her appointment:
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders asks Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos: "Do think if you were not a multimillionaire, if you're family has not made hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions to the Republican Party, that you would not be sitting here today?Watch full hearing here: http://cs.pn/2iJhTne #DeVosHearing
Posted by C-SPAN on Tuesday, January 17, 2017
You can watch the full hearing below: