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Jason Kander smacks Roy Blunt for blaming student `living standards’ for increasing student loan debt

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander is attempting to make hay out of remarks that his expected rival, incumbent Roy Blunt, made at a recent hearing about student debt.

At the hearing, Blunt pointed to the “personal living standard” of students as a significant factor in rising levels of student debt.

“I’m pretty confident over the years that the student expectations for their personal living standards often have increased from where they would have been just a few years ago,” Blunt told Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

The secretary said he wasn’t sure it was a huge piece of the debt puzzle.

Responded Blunt:

“It may be a bigger piece of the puzzle than we think...”

On Wednesday, Kander, a Democrat and Missouri’s secretary of state, sent out an e-mail blast that accented Blunt’s remarks and sought a campaign donation.

Later that day, Abe Rakov, Kander’s campaign manager, issued a statement accusing Blunt of being an “out of touch Washington insider” for blaming students for rising college debt.

“Inexplicably, Senator Blunt used his hearing last week as an opportunity to shame Missouri students instead of discussing ideas to make college more affordable for middle-class families,” Rakov said.