Bill Weld calls for more attention on online education

Former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldMichigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify MORE (R) said in an interview that aired Monday on "Rising" that more attention needs to be given to online education. 

"Another thing we need to do is much greater attention to online education," Weld, who is launching a long-shot primary bid against Trump, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on "Rising."

"Somebody in Tuscaloosa with a spouse and three kids, they can't take two years off to go study at community college," he continued. "They can't even take three months off, they'll lose the lousy job with lousy benefits that they have right now." 

"We can make it possible for people to acquire those skills, and recent research has shown that online education is just as sticky as the little red schoolhouse, the social learning that we all grew up with," he said. 

Education has become a hot-button policy issue on the 2020 campaign trail, with many of the candidates looking to tackle the issue of debt and the cost of higher education. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Warren speech in Georgia interrupted by pro-charter school protesters Hillicon Valley: Senators ask Trump to halt Huawei licenses | Warren criticizes Zuckerberg over secret dinner with Trump | Senior DHS cyber official to leave | Dems offer bill on Libra oversight MORE (D-Mass.) announced her proposed reforms in April, which aim to cancel nearly all student loan debt and create universal free public college, while Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance On The Money: Trump signs short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown | Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 | California high court strikes down law targeting Trump tax returns Democratic strategist laments 'low bar' for Biden debate performance MORE (D-Calif.) has said her plan would give the average teacher a $13,500 raise paid for by an increase in the estate tax.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro revealed his education reform plan on Monday, which guarantees universal free college and pre-kindergarten education. 

— Julia Manchester