Santorum: Obama's education stance is 'snobbery'
January 7th, 2012
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Santorum: Obama's education stance is 'snobbery'

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Rick Santorum called President Barack Obama's education goals an agenda of "hubris" on Saturday, saying he is "outraged" that the president thinks "every child in America should go to college."

"The hubris of this president to think that he knows what's best for you [...] This is the kind of snobbery that we see from those that think they know how to run our lives," the former Pennsylvania senator said in a forum at St. Anselm's New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

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Obama has repeatedly said he wants the United States to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. Earlier this year, while announcing plans to reform "No Child Left Behind," Obama also said he intends for every student to graduate "career and college ready."

But Santorum, whose children's education includes home-schooling, argued that not everyone is suited for a college education.

"I have seven kids. Maybe they'll all go to college. But if one of my kids wants to go and be an auto mechanic, good for him, that's a good paying job, using your hands, using your mind," he said.

Santorum calls for the federal government to have a "very limited" role in education, advocating for "flexible and personalized approaches to education for each child to best maximize their potential."

"We are leaving so many children behind because they're not ready to go to college - they don't want to go to college, they don't need to go to college," Santorum said Saturday.

CNN's Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Rick Santorum
soundoff (619 Responses)
  1. Benjamin

    Takes a lot of nerve to make such an accusation as someone who feels God sent him to turn his values into law. That's the definition of hubris.

    January 7, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Nick

    ...says the hypocrite who voted for No Child Left Behind and even amended the law to add a federal mandate to teach intelligent design.

    January 7, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. PA res

    Perhaps Santorum needs to focus less on his melodrama and more on some clear reading strategies. "Career and College Ready" seems to indicate pretty clearly that some students will go directly on to careers, such as being an auto mechanic! I think the point is that those who wish to go on to college should be educationally prepared to be able to do so.

    January 7, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Chris

    Every child in America should go to college? No, every child in America should have the OPPORTUNITY to go to college - the opportunity I had, that some do not. Every child should receive as much education as they can stand.

    January 7, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. ARTRaveler

    Obviously Santorium has a listening problem. The president didn't say everyone should go to college. What the quote says from President Obama iwants every high school student "to graduate career and college ready". I would hope that Santorium realizes that being an auto mechanic is a "career" just as much as engineer or doctor or heaven forbid, a politician. Well, the last one might be pushing the idea of a "career" as most politicians tend to be one of the less admired "jobs" and people should go and get a "real" job where they actually contribute to the country..

    January 7, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. Strategic Bob

    Well, one thing is for sure. Ole Ricky proves beyond any doubt that education is wasted on some people.

    January 7, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. Sandy Feet

    "The hubris of this president to think that he knows what's best for you [...] This is the kind of snobbery that we see from those that think they know how to run our lives,"

    Ricky-boy... you propose the same thing... running other peoples' lives with your social agenda..... what a hypocrite!!!

    January 7, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Cindy

    And if Santorum has his way, only the wealthy will go to college. Why is it so wrong to wish for the best for american children. President Obama is not proposing a law that says "all children have to go to college." Santorum drained his local county of $37,000.00 of education money to home-school his kids. He would like to see an end to public education.

    January 7, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. gb

    The hipocracy is outrageous.

    January 7, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Terry Gloege

    Why hell no!!! Home school the little ones and the boys can grow up to farm the lush cropland of Pennsylvania and the girls can cook, sew, iron, and of course, raise lots of little babies would can grow up to vote for the theocracy.

    January 7, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Bethany

    Doesn't he realize that in order to become an auto mechanic, you typically have to still receive some sort of post-secondary training (i.e., community college, technical schools)? Most of the jobs that offer living wages and benefits (including health care, insurance, etc.) require some form of additional training, which is often paid for by an individual taking out federal student loans (unless their parents are rolling in it and can pay everything off in cash). SMH.

    January 7, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Nytw

    Since Ricky is now worried about government telling people what they have to do will he now admit that government has no business telling people who they can marry?

    January 7, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. Freeb

    What a clown.

    January 7, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Bob Ramos

    Every time that I forget that these GOP candidates are losers, one has to reinforce that belief. In this case, it is Rick's turn. Obama has never said that everyone should go to college. Obama has said that he wants every child that graduates from high school to have the chance to go to college and to be ready for college entrance.

    January 7, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. sick of republican phonies

    It can more easily be said..."The hubris of this PRESIDENTIAL WANNA-BE to think that he knows what's best for you [...] This is the kind of snobbery that we see from those that think they know how to run our lives." Spoken by the head of the christian taliban, who wants his version of god and HIMSELF to tell us how to live our lives.

    January 7, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Jim

    Santorum's nephew wrote an article saying not to vote for his uncle. He says to vote Ron Paul. That says enough. Ron Paul is our only hope... Don't be voting in these typical greedy/corrupt/flip flopping politicians that want to kill our troops in another pointless war that we cannot afford in Iran. Ron Paul is the only one sensible to this as this is just propaganda and there is NO EVIDENCE of a nuclear weapon. Ron Paul has more donations from active military troops than all of the candidates combined. Ron Paul, a man that ACTUALLY served in the military, understands and respects life. Romney was a draft dodger for crying out loud. Support our troops and save their lives... Vote Ron Paul

    January 7, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. Dean Nolen

    How on God's green earth can this guy justify saying about Obama/government: "The hubris of this president to think that he knows what's best for you [...] This is the kind of snobbery that we see from those that think they know how to run our lives," after he has repeatedly said that contraception is wrong and leads to (and I'm paraphrasing) all kinds of unnatural situations? The last thing this country needs is for every married couple in America to not have access to "the pill" or condoms and therefore have 7 to 10 children per household unit. Now that's the way to get the economy up and running! Asinine, to say the least. Who's trying to run whose life?

    January 7, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. Canadian Jim

    People who go to college think the only path to success is through college. People who work in a trade think the only way to security is through getting your "ticket." That's a big problem with some high school teachers, they don't see the reality that some pople don't want to go to college, and follow the path of their teachers but rather choose a different path. Some people don't like school. Some people have more important things to do with their life than go to school. Let people choose their own path.

    January 7, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. K3Citizen

    Home schooling your kid is not the answer to our country's problem. Santorum is anti education because the minorities are allowed an education under the current laws. By taking away the federal government's role in education opens up country wide corruption in the education system. There are thousands of reasons why Santorum is wrong, but one example this fool would do would be changing history books that show that Obama was a Muslim from Kenya. The GOP would rewrite history so that it benefits their ideology. The ignorant should never act like they know best because Bush showed what happens when that is allowed. My god, Santorum brought a dead baby home to prove that it existed. What kind of crazy people bring dead babies home to show their little kids?

    January 7, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Duck Duck Duck - GOOSE

    Michelle Obama would like children to eat healthier foods,
    Sarah palin was very upset that Obama would dare tell us how to eat !

    President Obama thinks all of our children should be able to get a better education.
    Santorum doesnt like that, after all, if you keep them stupid,
    its easier to lie to them, and get them to vote for you.

    Why on earth would anybody with half a brain vote Republican ?

    January 7, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. Steve

    Rick Santorum is a moron but is 100% right on this one. Not everyone needs to go to college. Not everyone is fit to go to college. Obama is a typical liberal who thinks he knows what is best for everyone. He know what kind of health insurance you need, etc. He's an absolute joke. I thought GW Bush would be the worst president in my lifetime. Boy was I wrong. The Big O makes W look like Lincoln.

    January 7, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Sue

    I'm not sure that calling President Obama a "snob" is the proper move for someone who is a blatant racist, an opinionated jerk, and a religious ZEALOT! Wanting our children who have the desire to go to college be able to do so, is hardly being a snob. Rick Santorum and the rest of the GOP ship of fools needs to get a grip on reality.

    January 7, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. JohnNJ

    This so called leader could not even get a second term in Pa. but now he has the audacity of hubris to talk as if he knows what he is talking about. Of course not every child should go to college but they should have the opportunity to do so if they are qualified.
    Please FLUSH this guy. All mouth no brain!

    January 7, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Dee

    what an idiot! OBAMA 2012! NO GOP NO WAY! maybe he doesn't want people to go to college because the GOP gets another dumb pile of voters!

    January 7, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Patrick J

    Isn't this the same guy who wants to make sure all American civil laws are in accordance with God's law? How's that for hubris in a nation with freedom of religion?

    January 7, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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