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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soundoff (619 Responses)
  1. fairtrade

    All you can say is "wow" people like this are simply dangerous. He seems like a nice enough guy; however, now I know he is a total idiot.

    January 7, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. brian in denver

    Santorum says that "this is the kind of snobbery that we see from those that think they know how to run our lives...", then proceeds to push his ultra-conservative views on those of us who don't share them with him. The man hasn't a clue and doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of winning the presidency (thank God, whoever your God may be).

    January 7, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Oldie in TampaBay

    YOU, Mr Sanitarium, are CLUELESS! What better than to strive for college?

    January 7, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. G O D

    Dont blame me, i didnt write that stupid book.
    He is your problem.
    I will deal with him, later.

    January 7, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Felicia King

    Every child should go to college. Jobs are getting a lot more technical these days, that is why the big surge for employees going back to school and getting a degree. If you want that promotion, more than likely you're going to have to go back to school and earn a degree in your field to get it. Even a auto mechanic, it is preferred to have a degree.

    January 7, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. A

    What an idiot! Wanting "every kid to go to college" is NOT telling you how to live your life! OMG! "Mr. Sanity" would find it an entirely different world if only half of all children around today went to college. Knowledge is Power, Power is Freedom, Freedom is being able to CHOOSE what you want in life, NOT get the leftovers! I bet my last dollar that NONE of Mr. Sanity's home schooled kids will EVER be a mechanic. This is my opinion and my mother worked her "__s" off so that I could be the first in my family to be a college graduate. What's wrong with this pandering statement...its just too plain to see.

    January 7, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. jean

    Well, if there was still any doubt about what the GOP thinks of education, now we know. I agree that not everyone needs a four-year degree, but the remainder would benefit by having at least some college or vocational training. Many better paying jobs (above minimum wage) require some type of certification or license. It's tough to compete in today's job market with a high school diploma or GED, unfortunately.

    January 7, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. GOPotty Party

    education for his kind, but *no* education for anyone who would disagree with his idiotic ideas.

    January 7, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. pnwjim

    The president did not say everyone should go to colledge but everyone should have the chance to advance themselves.The goal of being number one colledge grads is a great goal to shoot for and would help the U.S.A.People wanting to learn a skill should also be helped if nned because every skilled person will also help this great nation.

    January 7, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. mpbulletin

    Obama said he wanted kids to graduate (i.e. high school) "career and college ready". That doesn't say anything about Obama pushing everyone into college. It says he wasn't everyone to have a quality education.

    And as far as the "highest proportion" goal goes... he just want all those who aspire to go to college can.

    I can't believe this guy is actually criticizing a president who wants the best for our children. This does not say much for santorum.

    January 7, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Liz from Texas

    The horror! President Obama wants America's kids to get a college education. Can these Republican candidates get anymore inane. The only decent candidate is Huntsman and he doesn't have a chance.

    January 7, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. 6 figure, no degree

    I would have to agree with him. Although companies continue to require an advanced degree, the jobs and pay are not on equal ground with the cost of such a degree. I am blessed enough to have a job that allows me to make 6 figures without having a degree, or more aptly $40k in tuition fees.

    January 7, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. SCarolina/pam

    I wish that Sarah was running.
    The liberal media has forced all of the best candidates out of the running.
    My Newt is still there, but he is posting low numbers.
    Rick Santorum and Rick Perry would be a great combo in the white house.
    Put the democrats in thier place.
    Well, if we end up putting Mittens in the white house,
    at least we will take back America.
    Its a start away from Obama.

    January 7, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. Speak The Truth

    This coming from a man who wants to ban birth control and control all of our lives. Santorum is pure evil, and a traitor to the American ideal of freedom. Bigot!

    January 7, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Paul

    Yeah! What snobbery! It's important to teach kids God has no place for evolution in his home schooling plan, and it's "elitist" to seek an, uh, a, er, college educashin. Diggin' ditches is honorable labor, the mainstay of Jehovah's plan – along with sharia law, Santorum style.

    Tragic. Nothing tragicomic about it any longer. That this field of clowns – and I'd include Sarah Payme, here – could gain an audience at all, speaks volumes about the low state of affairs in this country.

    January 7, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  16. Toontje

    Is this guy for real? And what about when Bush asked Arnold Schwarzenegger to promote fitness training. Is that snobbery too because some kids wish to grow into the pathetically fat couch potato they are now? So nothing Obama do or say is any good for this guy, including stimulating kids aspire for hire education.You want smaller government? Go to Somalia!

    January 7, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. gg

    todays world a mechanic needs college

    January 7, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. brad5013

    Rick has some big ones claiming President Obama wants to "run our lives." This, from a guy who wants to legislate who marries whom and deny other Americans the means to plan their families. Before you know it, he would pass a law mandating that we all wear sweater vests . . .

    January 7, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. Dee

    This man is an idiot, does he obviously not know that most cars are ran by computers and there has to be an element of education for people to work on them, it's not like the days of shade tree mechanics.

    January 7, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. CSM

    The Republicans fear an educated public. They would rather have the public as stupid. If you're going to fear anyone, fear the Republican party!

    January 7, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    I love how it gets twisted that Obama wants to "require" every kid to go to college. It's that he feels every child should be ready and afforded the opportunity to meet the standards required for it. That's not the same as "mandating" that all kids graduate and move on to college. We all know the republican stance on education as evidenced by all of the cuts to it. Why have educated voters that can see through all of the rhetoric and fear mongering.

    January 7, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. p-loc

    hmmm...auto mechanic....last I checked , most new dealer techs come from factory backed training programs which are usually linked to an associates degree . Or at least, they have graduated from a secondary trade school. Proficient auto techs with only high school training are not only endangered as a species, auto techs without proper training are dangerous to the public in general. These days, high school graduates who wish to work in the auto industry without secondary education are usually relegated to collision repair, or tire shops. How surprising that Mr. Frothy makes a misinformed statement and uses an example that is as out of touch and time as his view of the world.

    January 7, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. Dixie AZ

    Just like you know what's good for us - religion religion, religion, no rights over our own bodies, on and on. . . You are the arrogant snob. If education were up to you, our children would spend a good part of their school day praying prayers that you OK'd, and the other talking about creation and how dinosaurs are only a myth.

    January 7, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. Mkass

    Way to turn a positive goal of sending high school graduates into the world prepared into a negative.. Snobbish..., hubris? Please Rick, do us all a favor and plug that hole in your face. Does santorum have anything valuable to say? This is a great example of republicans making stuff up to make Obama look bad, regardless.

    January 7, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. geggyg

    Once again Santorum and repubs only read half of what you Pres Obama says , the quote was he wants school leavers to be CAREER or college ready.

    With his home schooling philosophy a sentence with two seven letter words in must have overtaxed his brain , so he didnt recognise the first big word (career). Maybe if Obama hadnt used his education to learn to speak and use the english language properly, we would have used the GOTP simpler words instead ,ya know , like job and lernin instead of career and college. How dare the President try to improve the lives of young people and challengethem to do better, how unamerican , haha

    January 7, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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