Elon in Iowa

Fiorina greets supporters at event honoring new legislative year

Posted January 12

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina greets supporters in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 12, 2016.

— Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina stopped by the Iowa State Historical Building in Des Moines on Tuesday to attend a welcome back reception for the Iowa state legislature.

While Fiorina did not give a speech at the event, she did pose for pictures with supporters while encouraging them to take part in the Caucus on Feb. 1.

Elon Local News was able to speak with Fiorina at the event about her plans for student debt.

“Well, the first thing I’m going to do is get the government out of the student loans business,” Fiorina said.

She claimed that the federal government took over the student loan business following the passing of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." She said students are contributing more to loan payments than the federal government.

“In other words, the government is making money off you,” Fiorina concluded, “That doesn’t strike me as right”.

The 86th Iowa General Assembly began its legislative year on Monday.

As for Fiorina, she will be traveling to South Carolina, New Hampshire and Nevada in the coming days. She will return to the Hawkeye State next Monday.

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Elon University students are in Iowa, covering the presidential campaign and caucuses are part of their coursework.