(CNSNews.com) - At an event in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, where he accepted the endorsement of the National Nurses United, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said he would fight as president to enact legislation making all public colleges and university in the country free.
“We have legislation in, that I will fight to implement as president, that will make every public college and university in America tuition-free.
Here is an excerpt from Sanders’ speech in Oakland:
We need to make it a national priority to work together to train more nurses, and that is exactly what I intend to do.
It makes no sense to me that when we need nurses, we need doctors, we need dentists, we need more people involved in healthcare, that when people leave school, for the crime of wanting to be involved in healthcare, they have enormous debts. That makes no sense.
And that is why I worked to triple funding for the National Health Service Corps for those nurses and doctors who are going to work in underserved areas.
And that is why--as Roseanne mentioned--we have legislation in, that I will fight to implement as president, that will make every public college and university in America tuition-free.
I want every young person in this country who wishes to become a nurse, who needs to get the education that he or she requires, I want them to be able to do that regardless of the income of their families.
National Nurses United is a group of local nurses's unions organized under the AFL-CIO.