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. Rob Al

    Santorum is criticizing the President's statement that he wants every American to go to college?????? And then we wonder why China is kicking our butt economically??????

    January 7, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Grog Says

    Santorim be right.
    If publicans get edumucated,
    they may smarten up and not vote for him.
    Grog says cut funding to kindergarden.
    Keep em stoopid.

    January 7, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. Sick and Tired

    Really?? Politics has dumbed itself down to the point a candidate like Santorum suggests the policy to give kids an opportunity to go to college is a government intrusion???? If that is snobbery by Obama, then it it sheer stupidity by Santorum.

    January 7, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. Parah Salin

    See, i warned you about those darkies in the white house.
    Now they want to educate people.
    We have to stop this now.
    Send more money, and buy my book.
    You betcha !

    January 7, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. 4merRepubCT

    Obama's goal to have American teens be "college ready" when they graduate from high school does not imply that everyone should go to college – but that they should be qualified to have that option if they choose it. Santorum is right, not everyone will, or should, go to college. But shouldn't we want all students to have the opportunity and the academic background to do so? A better-educated teen will make better choices at 18, and be a better student, or employee.

    January 7, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. Marcus

    "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,". Replace "this presidente" with Rick Santorum and you get the whole thing right. What a hypocrite... President should tell people who get to merry who but sending kids to college, are you crazy

    January 7, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Turnabout is Fair Play

    This goes back to the obvious and common fact that Republicans WANT to keep our future voters ignorant and uninformed as well as uneducated so that they can more easily bullsh!t them with constant lies in order to get them to vote against their own best wishes!!

    January 7, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. jack johnson

    If he wants the states to have full control then shut off federal money to those states. He doesn't want people to go to college so they can be paid mimnuim wage (helps his rich business freands)

    January 7, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. Pull My Finger

    Wrong !

    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.

    Most simply cannot afford to go to college.
    This man is one class "A" jerk.

    January 7, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. 13Directors

    Regardless as to whether a child of Santorum's rejects college, he will still need some technical training to be a mechanic.

    January 7, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Scott

    Oh. My. God. These republicans are so eager to paint their opponents as arrogant, they're attacking the most basic of good intentions and common sense as "snobbery." Look, Rick, every objective study ever done shows that educated people have more opportunity and prosperity. A college education doesn't mean you can't be an auto mechanic; it means you can choose something else if you don't like grease or flipping burgers. Stand proud for education, Mr. President.

    January 7, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. Mabel White

    Especially Blah People – they should not be encouraged to go to college either

    January 7, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. mark o. worrell

    They can't afford to go to college, Rick. And I would love to see one of your kids day they'd like to be a mechanic. You can say this knowing in a smug arrogant confidence that isn't ever going to happen, right, Rick?

    You are the biggest snob and conceited fool on the circuit who arrested the families of veterans who came to question you. It wasn't said that everyone had to go; they would be prepared if they chose to go. You are dishonest, worthless as an elected official, and soon to be rejected by the American people.

    January 7, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. Put The Gun Down

    The trailor park must love this man.
    Hang em high, put dem foggots in a concentration camp,
    Its called da white house for a reason !
    BRB gotta smak my ho, she spilled my beer,
    damn libtards..........B O O M !!
    sorry, tripped ova some bacon fat, and muh dang gun went off,,
    Gotta run, da little beech is chasin me wid a knife........

    Yeeeeeeee haaaaaaa !!!

    January 7, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. GonzoG

    Yeah, If too many citizens go to college, then they won't be so easy to snow job.

    January 7, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. Former Republican, now an Independent

    What hypocrisy! The current field of republican candidates are the most snobbish, out of touch bunch of losers I have ever witnessed in an election.

    January 7, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. NKBL

    This from a man who tells people who can and cannot marry. Now that's some "hubris." And, he doesn't want a smart society? Oh, I guess not, that way he can spew his own stupidity.

    January 7, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. Kevin

    Santorum is the ultimate hypocrite! He says of Obama (about his positive statement about wanting all kids to have the opportunity to 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". Yet San-i-tarium wants the US Govt. to become a controlling, Taliban-like organization to FORCE his ultra-right-wing Christian extremist views on the public. In regards to personal rights and privacy – he is the scariest candidate EVER. NOTE: I am not an Obama fan...just saying that Santorium is utterly unfit to be a public leader of ANY KIND in the USA.

    January 7, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. SnotNose

    I don't know why CNN wastes any time at all on this guy - strictly a flash in the pan due to the crazies in Iowa - in less the 4 weeks he'll be following in Bachmann footsteps. I am really beginning to believe that the media has an unhealthy impact on politics - making mountains out of molehills.

    January 7, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. Dave

    Republicans are against college because educated people don't vote GOP.

    January 7, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. joshu

    Wow... Every child, student, person should got to college. Why? College grads get higher standards of living. Obama's stance on education is something to be supported. Our education is being surpassed by China. My response to Santorum is every student, child, person in america should go to college.(Speaking from a high school student POV)

    January 7, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Len Smith

    This man should get a life, other than robbing good people of their money so he can live high on the hog. He is in this for one thing, to be another Palin and get rich, too. What is wrong with a goal of every child going to college? Please be exact.

    January 7, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. todd in DC

    "They don't need to go to college." RIght because of all those factory jobs... um, well how about all those jobs on the assembly line..um, hmm. Just how many apple pickers and janitors does this country need, anyway?

    January 7, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. Swat The Sticker

    Rick Santorum is the modern day christian version of Adolph Hitler.
    Once was enough.

    January 7, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Paul

    Santorum? No thanks.

    January 7, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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