Kamala Harris: One of the Big Issues in SC and Iowa Is Teacher Pay

By Susan Jones | August 12, 2019 | 11:09 AM EDT

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - We hear a lot of political talk about race, immigration and guns these days, but according to one Democrat presidential hopeful, voters have other things to worry about.

"When I talk with mothers in South Carolina or I talk with mothers in Iowa, the thing that wakes them up in the middle of the night is usually the same thing,” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told CNN on Monday.


“I'll give you an example,” she said:

One of the big issues in South Carolina and in Iowa is teacher pay. The number of teachers I have met in both states who were working two and three jobs.

In South Carolina last year, 5,000 teachers had to leave the profession because they couldn't afford to do the work. They couldn't afford to put food on the table and follow their passion, which is to teach our children.

Big issue here in Iowa in fact, one of my first conversations as a candidate in Iowa was just about that.

Which is why my policy is a policy about making what will be in the history of our country the first federal investment in closing the teacher pay gap. Which nationally is $13,500 a year – $13,500 for most places, that's a year's worth of mortgage payments. It's a year's worth of grocery bills or it means putting a significant dent in student loan debt, which is one of the greatest barriers to our students coming out and joining a profession for which had they have a passion.

These issues are the same issues, be it, you know, talking to a mom in South Carolina or a mom in Iowa.

And I guess that's also part of what I'm really enjoying about the process, is pointing out the commonalities. You know, While we have a Donald Trump in the white house who is spending full-time trying to sow hate and division between us and have folks pointing fingers at each other, what I am experiencing, what I've always known -- the vast majority of us have so much more in common than what separates us.

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