Senator Elizabeth Warren hosts town hall in Greenfield

Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Warren turned the normally staid Senate chamber into a stage for a national drama over politics and race, elevating her celebrity at a moment when liberals are hungry for a leader to take on Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Senator Elizabeth Warren visited western Massachusetts Sunday as she hosted a public town hall event at Greenfield Middle School.

People from all over western Massachusetts came to Greenfield Middle School to hear Warren speak about issues that impact people in the state of Massachusetts and across the nation. Hundreds rose to their feet and cheered as Senator Elizabeth Warren arrived for a public town hall event. Senator Warren answered many questions the public had and took pictures with the hundreds of people who traveled from across western Massachusetts.

Warren told 22News she enjoys speaking with people who represent a unified community in western Massachusetts. “I want to make sure they have the kind of care and security they need. This is about what it means to live in a place with strong communities where people are knitted together. People are determined not to stand up for themselves but to fight for everyone in the community.”

Senator Warren spoke about many issues such as gun control, healthcare and college debt. She answered questions regarding the cost for higher education in the state and across the nation.

She told 22News the outstanding student loan bill is $1.4 trillion dollars and going up at a rate of 100 billion dollars a year.

Cathleen McCormick of Leverett said,The student debt numbers are astounding. I have a daughter who is saddled with student debt and is in a graduate school right now and living at home at 28 years old because of how much money she owes.”

Senator Warren said supporting public and community colleges will help lower student debt.

This was Senator Warren’s 14th town hall event this year as she seeks re-election in 2018.