The Times podcast: Less loan debt, more midterm love for Democrats?

A US flag flies above a building as students earning degrees at Pasadena City College participate in the graduation ceremony, June 14, 2019, in Pasadena, California. - With 45 million borrowers owing $1.5 trillion, the student debt crisis in the United States has exploded in recent years and has become a key electoral issue in the run-up to the 2020 presidential elections. "Somebody who graduates from a public university this year is expected to have over $35,000 in student loan debt on average," said Cody Hounanian, program director of Student Debt Crisis, a California NGO that assists students and is fighting for reforms. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
Pasadena City College graduates in 2019. (Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty Images)

Millions of Americans who attended college could have their debt completely canceled or reduced under a plan announced by President Biden last week. But the move is unsurprisingly stirring debate among the right and left, but for completely different reasons.

Today, we talk about how this announcement might affect the midterm elections. Read the full transcript here.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guest: L.A. Times national reporter Arit John

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.