Chelsea Clinton focuses on education during visit to the Roanoke Valley

Published: Sep. 14, 2016 at 7:34 PM EDT
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A focus on education brought Anne Holton to the Roanoke earlier this month. Wednesday afternoon, it was Chelsea Clinton highlighting her mother's plans to expand pre-kindergarten programs and make college more affordable for millions of Americans.

Clinton was making her first trip to Roanoke, and her first stop was the Small Steps Learning Academy, with 77 students from 6 weeks to 12 years old.

She spoke with students, parents, staff and WDBJ7.

"So we wanted to highlight the good work here," Clinton said in an interview, "and also have the chance to talk about my mom's commitment to universal pre-kindergarten, something she fought for when she was a senator, and one of the many reasons she's running for President today."

From there the focus shifted to Salem and the campus of Roanoke College, where Clinton heard from students, and graduates, about their struggles paying for college.

"More than 40 million Americans have more than one trillion dollars in outstanding student loan debt," she told the audience. "And within that 40 million American demographic are people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and even in their 60s."

Clinton touted her mother's plan to provide free community college, and debt free college educations.

We also asked her about her mother's health. and why voters shouldn't be concerned after a case of pneumonia sidelined her this week.

Chelsea Clinton said her mother is healthy and recovering well.

"I think people know a lot about her health," Clinton said in our interview. "They've seen her now for 40-some odd years as a public figure being really healthy, vibrant, so I just hope they know we all get sick. And so she had to take a few days off, and she'll be back on the trail tomorrow."

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