Klobuchar: 'I am not for free four-year college for all'

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging MORE (D-Minn.), a 2020 Democratic hopeful, on Monday dismissed the idea of free college for all at a CNN town hall where the senator faced questions about her policy proposals.

Klobuchar responded to a question from a young voter at the forum, telling him that she would not support the plan espoused by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on MORE (I-Vt.) for tuition-free college because she found the plan too expensive.

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“I am not for free four-year college for all, no," Klobuchar said Monday.

“I wish — if I was a magic genie and could give that to everyone and we could afford it, I would. I’m just trying to find a mix of incentives and make sure kids that are in need — that’s why I talked about expanding Pell Grants — can go to college and be able to afford it and make sure that people that can’t afford it are able to pay," she continued.

The young activist who asked Klobuchar the question told The Hill in a statement Tuesday that her answer indicated that she was "afraid" to take on special interests and Wall Street.

"Last night I asked Amy Klobuchar if she would support free college for all," said Griffin Wingate, an activist with NH Youth Movement. "We don’t need a genie to end the student debt crisis, we need a president who isn’t afraid to tax wall street and the 1 percent to fund critical programs like free college for all.”

Klobuchar has faced a number of questions about whether she supports recent progressive proposals since announcing her run, and she has shied away from embracing the more left-wing aspects of Sanders's and others' plans for college tuition, student debt, and other issues, including climate change.

The senator referred to the "Green New Deal" supported by rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus Ocasio-Cortez blasts coronavirus stimulus package as 'shameful' on House floor Oil price drop threatens US fracking boom MORE (N.Y.) as "aspirational" and has said she is opposed to a "Medicare for All" single-payer health care system.

She faces a crowded field of Democrats vying for the 2020 nomination, including Sanders himself who announced his own candidacy on Tuesday.

—Updated at 3:12 p.m.