GOP pollster says four-year colleges might not be right path for all students

Republican pollster B.J. Martino suggested in an interview that aired on Thursday that a four-year higher education may not be the answer for all students. 

"We have set a four-year college as the standard by which everyone should go to," Martino, a partner at the Tarrance Group, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking" on Wednesday. 

"Yet there are so many high-paying jobs for people who can weld, or can operate machinery, and that doesn't require a four-year college degree," he continued. 

"You don't have to come out with all of that debt, and you can go get a good job that can provide a lifetime of employment," he said. 

Martino's comments come as college tuition continues to rise in the U.S. and as a number of Democratic hopefuls in 2020, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — ObamaCare premiums dropping for 2020 | Warren, Buttigieg shift stances on 'Medicare for All' | Drug companies spend big on lobbying Mellman: Trumping peace and prosperity Tlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — ObamaCare premiums dropping for 2020 | Warren, Buttigieg shift stances on 'Medicare for All' | Drug companies spend big on lobbying Mellman: Trumping peace and prosperity On The Money: Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing finance plan | Dems jump into Trump turf war over student loans | House passes bill targeting anonymous shell companies MORE (D-Mass.), have proposed making college free for students.

The average cost for private four-year colleges in the 2018-2019 school year was $35,676, while at public universities an out-of-state resident paid on average $21,629 and an in-state student paid an average of $9,716. 

— Julia Manchester