Susan Tompor | Detroit Free Press

Student loan debt is no doubt a drag on the U.S. economy, holding back how much money young consumers can spend on cars, homes and even invest in 401(k) plans or new businesses. 

But the debt crisis is giving an early kick start to the 2020 Democratic presidential race. One candidate after another has generated some buzz by offering up one freebie or another for tackling $1.5 trillion in student loan debt.  

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