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. LuvSnaps

    Rick could not be elected nationwide!

    January 7, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. mary

    OMG! Santorum will rue the day he said " this is the kind of snobbery we see from those who think they know how to run our lives.", referring to Obama's dream for any child that WANTS to go to college to be able to do so." He's the guy who wants to run our lives. . . from what kind of birth control we can use (mostly none except rythem), to who is allowed to get married, to delaring for everyone when life begins and so forth. He wants to run everybody in the USA's life according to the bible as he interprets it. HOW DARE HE?. Godd Grief.

    January 7, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  3. steve harnack

    I guess that he's just too stupid to understand that "career and college ready" includes people who don't wish to go to college. He's "outraged" that the President wants people to be better educated? I guess that he feels that his christian madrassas are all the learning that people need, they're so much easier to keep in line.

    January 7, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  4. Zack

    The most hilarious garbage I've herd from a hick in a long time.

    January 7, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  5. JustMe

    He didn't say that he wanted it to be mandatory, which to me sounds like what Senator Santorum seems to think he said, he said that he wants them to be career and college ready. WTH is wrong with that? Senator Santorum is an idiot.

    January 7, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. Doyle Wiley, MI

    More Republican stupidity, by the way Santorum there is nothing wrong with being an Auto Mechanic with a college degree.

    January 7, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  7. DENNA

    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."
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    What? So YOU don't think that every child in America should go to college? Or at least have the opportunity if he/she wants to/? Well, alrightly then. I guess you and your ilk are worried about having servants in the future. Again America, the GOP are not interested in ordinary Americans. I'll bet old Ricky Boy's kids are going to college. Gotta love that conservative family values thing.

    January 7, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  8. steve harnack

    Ricky needs to look up the definition of hubris in the dictionary and then he needs to look into a mirror. How can anyone be "outraged" by a call for better education? He gives me nausea.

    January 7, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  9. Cogito

    I think hubris is when you say God told you to run for office...
    It takes arrogance to say that, especially when you have santorum on your face.

    January 7, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  10. James in Dallas

    I have to say I agree with what he says here, but not the way he says it. Hubris? No, just high standards. But he is right not everyone can or should go to college.

    January 7, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  11. Amazing

    I guess Rick decided to ignore the first half of the President's comment. You know, the part about kids being career ready. Yet, he wants to invoke his religous standards on us.

    January 7, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  12. Craig

    'Cuz with all that fancy-pants book-larnin', you might actually start thinkin' fer yerselves instead of listening to us. Now go and apologize to Jesus and then get back to studying your Creation Science.

    January 7, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  13. John J. Puccio

    Darn right! Those African-American and Hispanic kids, especially, shouldn't be going to college. I mean, who'd we have to serve and wait on us if they did? Let's keep folks in their place so the white middle-class Santorums of the world can help the rich get richer. It's the American way! Or, at least, the GOP way.

    January 7, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. anagram_kid

    This guy gives the word 'santorum' a bad name.

    January 7, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  15. Anthony

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm, a President wanting kids to go to college to further their education.....Seriously Santorum??? you think thats snobbish for a President wanting children to go to college? No wonder the Country gets wrecked when Repubs are in charge....

    January 7, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  16. anthony78

    So now it's snobbish to be educated??? This is pure ignorance, and idiocracy.
    Perfect example of why America is failing... Let's dumb our children down (with home schooling), lower the expectations for them to go to college, then ship all our jobs over seas to countries more capable, and out-innovating us in industries that actually help countries grow. Instead, let's keep our kids dumb enough to keep voting for Republican leaders, whom in turn, horde the money, use our uneducated youth as toy soldiers as they wage more wars, while slowly disintegrating the middle class.
    Keep 'em dumb!

    January 7, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  17. mp

    Bunch of garbage. no wonder America is falling behind. Every child going to college is what all developed countries aspire towards. Children should be encouraged to go for higher studies, rather than do well in sports and football which takes precedence over education. I cringe to think where we will go if a President of a country does not encourage higher education. being educated is not snobbery.

    January 8, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  18. Bear

    Oh, sure... the guy who wants to ban birth control, gay marriage and a host of other social issues would obviously be against educating the masses. Only a guy like Santorum would get so frothed over this.

    January 8, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  19. enuff

    I believe that every child should have the opportunity to go to college. why is it snobbery to say it? i believe that it is snobbery to say only a certain class should be allowed to go. and why is it a problem to want the united states to have a large population of well educated people? is it because they might think for themselves?

    January 8, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  20. Graham

    He also wouldn't say "middle class" because it "separates" Americans. I know I sure don't feel any different from the uber-rich, I mean who among us hasn't paid $2 million for a house? He's a chump, screw him.

    January 8, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  21. A. Wolf

    Wow, really. College is snobbery? From the candidate who less than a week ago said "science should get out of politics"? Now there's a shocker.

    January 8, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  22. pishaw

    So does this mean Obama will make kids go to college, THEN kill them with medical care?

    I'd say Santorum is stupid, but that would be an insult to stupid people everywhere.

    January 8, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  23. Bugs in Pa

    Thats the problem with the elitist left.

    January 8, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  24. John

    Lets compare the unemployment rate, income, and health status of college graduates vs. non college graduates.

    Lets consider our competiveness against other nations.

    Of course we wouldn't want to improve any of those things. Thanks Rick.

    January 8, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  25. reacharound

    Wanting to go to college and prepairing students to further their educatioan after H.S. Should be our goal in the U.S. How is learning more "nobbery"?

    January 8, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
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