Santorum: Obama's education stance is 'snobbery'
January 7th, 2012
12:23 PM ET
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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. Ja-Coffalotte

    Yes, Rick, only children of money should have access to an education.

    January 7, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Warren Talbot

    "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,"

    This is hysterical coming from a guy who spends every waking breath telling people to live by his rules and trying to arguing we need to bend the laws of this country to what he believes. This guy is so far out of touch with reality it is just comedy now.

    January 7, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. jOE FROM THE bRONX

    This imbecile gives all Italian-Americans a bad name,.. what's wrong with all kids aspiring to go to college?.. or is a college education just for the rich and privileged?

    January 7, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. BobInIrvine

    Leave it to a Republican to scoff at education. I guess that's because educated people typically don't vote for short-sighted jerks.

    January 7, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. cricket

    Is this guy serious. 75% of American parents are telling their kids to go to college and get a good education so that we can compete in a global world and you have a presidential candidate whining that the current president shouldn't have said that. Ever where in the world a premium is put on getting a college education why not in the USA.

    January 7, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. smb

    What's wrong with helping all children shoot for college? This is just like when conservatives complain about Michelle Obama's fight to make all children healthy.

    And for Santorum to chastise anyone for assuming to know what's best for people when he's the one telling us who we can love and what medical procedures we can have.

    January 7, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    "he is "outraged" that the president thinks "every child in America should go to college."
    " Obama also said he intends for every student to graduate "career and college ready.""
    "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,"
    Santorum is outraged that Obama wants to have your kids educated enough to compete with other countries so we don't fall behind. Sounds like he resents education. Education. That says it all!

    January 7, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. Pey

    Of course someone like Rick needs an uneducated mass in order to implement Christian fundamentalist Sharia law. Shame Afghanistan is Muslim, it would be better suited for a Santorum presidency.

    January 7, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Ma Deuce

    "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," - says the guy who wants to get rid of birth control, supports DOMA, thinks everyone should be Christian, thinks only "blah" people are on food stamps, etc. Hypocrisy, thy name is Santorum.

    January 7, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. gary

    So he's saying we need to lower the bar to keep up with the rest of the world?

    January 7, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. CatHerder

    Yeah, how outrageous that anyone should advocate for better healthcare and education opportunities for our children. What do they know? What if we want our kids to be fat and stupid? It's our right as Americans!

    This guy really earns his Google.

    January 7, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. BradB99

    So the Senator is "outraged" that the President thinks every child should be ready to go to college. Wow, maybe Santorum is on to something. How dare the President of the United States think something like that. Because, you know, just about every parent says to their child when they're growing up, "Now honey, don't study *too* hard in school, because we wouldn't want you to go to college or anything." This is from the same Senator who a week ago told us that he really wasn't saying "black people" in his speech about welfare. He was saying "Blah people". Really. Blah people. No, really.

    January 7, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. Jeffer65

    What a hypocrite. He wants to tell people what to do in the bedroom or with their bodies, but goes after Obama for saying everyone should go to college. Keep us dumb, eh Rick?

    January 7, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Fred Zeppelin

    Every time this man opens his mouth, i want to pop him one.
    And i am a republican.

    January 7, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. lonnie

    What is wrong with rick santorum? He didn't say anything about makingf them go to college. Every child should try to further thier education. I pray that my kids want to go and the opportunity is there for them.

    January 7, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. JJ

    Apparently, there is statement that President Obama can make that will not be attacked as some kind of "big government" grab by this cast of knee-jerk haters. Rick, if none or all of your kids decline to go to college I don't know of any law or regulation (and neither do you) which would require them to do so. As you perfectly understand, the President is trying to articulate a vision of America as one which is committed to provide an opportunity for qualified, academically-prepared and, interested, say again, interested students to attend college. That's all he said and you, Rick, know very well what he meant. Stop the ignorance Rick!

    January 7, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  17. Dan

    What an idiot, does Rick understand that you need some type of secondary education to be auto mechanic? Any of the skilled trades require an education. I wonder why we voted him out in Pa? I guess that if the majority of the population are not educated, the voter count really swings in the republicans favor.

    January 7, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. Strange1

    Translation; Santorum wants kids to get an education where science has to conform to his religious views rather than science taught at science. His is the snobbish view by implying that being an auto mechanic is a "shade tree" activity today. Even auto mechanics today must have science based skills. If there is any hubris it is on Santorum's part.

    January 7, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Gail

    He is suppose to be such a sensitve man regarding his daughter. I'm also sensitive about my brain injured daughter from birth.{Forcep injury] When she was 12 the boys were over. She is pretty,smart,and at times very personable. She has dated a little. She is why I am pro choice. It would have been easty for her to get pregnan t and with her seizure disorder and severe emotioal problems I really believe it would have been more davstating to her and with the meds she has to take for her life the doc said her baby would need help all his or her life.At 13 she was on birth control. THANK GOD!!!

    January 7, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. JJ

    Apparently, there is statement that President Obama can make that will not be attacked as some kind of "big government" grab by this cast of knee-jerk haters. Rick, if none or all of your kids decline to go to college I don't know of any law or regulation (and neither do you) which would require them to do so. As you perfectly understand, the President is trying to articulate a vision of America as one which is committed to provide an opportunity for qualified, academically-prepared and, interested, say again, interested students to attend college. That's all he said and you, Rick, know very well what he meant. Stop the ignorance Rick!

    January 7, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. JJ

    Apparently, there is no statement that President Obama can make that will not be attacked as some kind of "big government" grab by this cast of knee-jerk haters. Rick, if none or all of your kids decline to go to college I don't know of any law or regulation (and neither do you) which would require them to do so. As you perfectly understand, the President is trying to articulate a vision of America as one which is committed to provide an opportunity for qualified, academically-prepared and, interested, say again, interested students to attend college. That's all he said and you, Rick, know very well what he meant. Stop the ignorance Rick!

    January 7, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. RixRR

    "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." Boy, is Santorum (Mr. No Abortion For Any Reason, No Gay Marriage) the pot calling the kettle black.

    January 7, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. deepthunk

    Of course! What hubris! How dare he suggest that the rich people pay to educate those stupid poor children! It’s not like that would be great for our economy or anything, just because china and India are up and coming after investing in educations doesn’t mean that America isn’t just fine being ranked in the teens among first world countries (such as India and china).
    Of course hubris might also be telling senior voters that you want to cut social security days before an election.

    January 7, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. carly

    Santorum will be a gonner by the SC primary. Another clown with his 15 minutes of fame.

    January 7, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    Maybe he will be a good plumber when this is all over. He's good at throwing the s–t around.

    January 7, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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