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. True Beliver (not)

    Thats right; just dig the whole a little deeper. First one to the bottom, wins!

    January 8, 2012 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  2. LLOYD ROBERTS

    Is Santorum trying to say in his religious version of America that he doesn't want the government to enter into peoples personal life. I'm have not stopped laughing at the pure hypocrisy. He better go to church and repent because he can't see his vision would be the most invasive into our personal lives. He puts religion before America, not what the founding fathers wanted or true patriots believe. Religion is a private personal matter. America needs to respect peoples privacy and leave them alone. With this current crop of repubs running for king, I don't thinks that's going to happen

    January 8, 2012 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  3. santorum got fired from PA by voters tired of his hypocrisy

    Santorum wants to have his cake and eat it too, but doesn't want any poor people to have any chance at eating cake let alone bread. He homeschooled his Virginia kids on Pennsylvania money and stopped when he got caught. His wife had an abortion but he wants to deny everyone else one. He started a so-called charity type of organization but that was the final straw when voters found that he was using most of the money for himself. Then there is the scandal of K street in Washington DC where he had breakfasts for people to have them go along with his sick mind. He wants govt out when it comes to Obama, but wants govt in when it comes to regulating your bedroom and your family.

    January 8, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  4. Rafli

    Homeschooling is the worst type of education . Try to compare your kids with the kids who attend regular school.

    January 8, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  5. jack

    He's an idiot...

    January 8, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  6. areukiddingme

    The focus of Obama's goal is on both College and Career readiness, not just college. If one of Rick's children want to become an auto mechanic, does he not want them to be ready to be trained for a career in that area? Or perhaps he does not consider auto mechanics or any other trade skill that does not require a college degree to be a career path? Also, the goal of having the highest percentage of college educated adults does not mean that ALL adults must attend college - unless of course another country has 99.9% of adults with college degrees. Perhaps Rick could use some remedial education for both reading and mathematics!

    January 8, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  7. jonnymadamada

    They don't need to go to college? Has this fascist moron seen the many credible studies that show the income disparities between people with a college degree and those who don't ? I say SEEN because I doubt the ayatollha santorum has every read anything but the bible. As a true republicannibal we know what this is really about: a poorly educated worker is a low wage worker. Thus leaving more $ on the table for his greedy right wing supporters This guy is bent on turning America into a theocracy. Jesus protect us from your followers please

    January 8, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  8. Tom

    I'm not a Santorum fan, but this makes sense. Every person in the country attaining higher education would either completely eliminate the service sector or would result in an army of trash collectors with Bachelor's Degrees.

    January 8, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  9. Guest

    Well, if the economy wasn't in the shape it is in and if our secondary education system would offer vo-tec training, Mr. Santorum's proposal wouldn't be so outlandish. But that fact is high school graduates are not prepared even for the most basic jobs in the work place. Mr. Santorum should rethink his charge of hubris and snobbery because it seems to me he is the snob!

    January 8, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  10. Larry

    So when we as parent say we want our children to go to college, is that wrong as well? Hey idiot we know realistically they all won't but what's wrong with hoping they do?

    January 8, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  11. nancyke

    Every kid does need to go to college, unless they want a lifetime of nothing but minimum wage jobs. This is not snobbery, what is snobby about wanting to better yourself??

    January 8, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  12. Carlos Murphy

    Are all republicans just bat-nuts crazy?

    He thinks it is horrible for the President to want opportunity for all children.

    January 8, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  13. EdSantaFe

    What Obama said was that every child should hve the CHANCE to go to college. That's a completely different thing and is perfectly correct.

    January 8, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  14. bellestarrr

    if this guys wins its gonna set the united states back probably 50 years in its thinking..Im sure he needefd a college education to get where he got and also to be a big $$$$$ lobbyist(those are the guys ruining this country)..its actually snobbery for him to say that some kids dont need college..that may be true but it does nothing but perpetuate the underclass and keep people uneducated...course it doesnt take a lot of smarts to figure out sheisters like this one.

    January 8, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  15. Uncle Fudd

    Of course he is against more college educated citizens. That would mean fewer scared ignorant anti-science Republicans and fewer unquestioning evangelical pseudo-Christian cultists. He's just trying to protect his personal position of fame and power by insuring the growth of his power base.

    January 8, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  16. Killdeer

    Ricky, you are a typical republican...we don't want no stinking education...education leads to a smarter electorate...a smarter electorate leads to people that can think.....Thank god you don't have a snowballs chance in Hades

    January 8, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  17. ct

    don't know about rick but I want all my kids to go to college..with the economy the way it is right now, going to school is the best thing for these kids..Not only that but theres alot of kids thats less fortunate than yourself where their daddy could take care of them.

    January 8, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  18. Ian Shields

    Okay, so I guess we can assume that this fellow won't be the "Education President"...

    January 8, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  19. Curt

    What an idiot. How can you not support a President who wants to encourage education. The U.S. used to be one of the top countries for college graduates and has lost this distinction over the years. The education system is failing and the U.S. rankings in the world are dismal. To suggest the President is a snob is ridiculous. Real scary that someone like Santorum is running for President. Whats even scarier is the number of people that support him.

    January 8, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  20. Larry

    Talk about hubris! Santorum, perhaps more than any other Presidential candidate in modern history, is the guy who wants to "run our lives." He wants to invade our homes and most particularly our bedrooms. How can he say such things out loud and now understand the utter hypocrisy of this statements?

    January 8, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  21. El Kabong

    The GOP knows full well that the more educated the country becomes, the more their base diminishes.

    January 8, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  22. diridi

    this idiot needs to shut up. Plain lunatic. In fact GOP is full of...................

    January 8, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  23. woody

    It's the same Liberal "thinking" that got us into the financial mess with the Dem edict that "Everyone should own a home" too...

    The one thing a Nation SHOULD provide its people, though, is an education. However, if you are as dumb as a bag of rocks (and don't meet the prerequisites), you should have no business going through the motions in higher education just cause it's free, the same way many people shouldn't have been in homes they couldn't afford.

    January 8, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  24. ath

    Is it not at the least a little obvious that Santorum, Perry and first and moremost Romney will say and do whatever it takes to get the lime light for that moment. Sadly many people, especially the older, more conservative do actually believe just about everything they say. These men, especially Romney can be read through just like a thin newspaper. Romney's so programed from years back from running for any office that his process of running and saying just exactly what he wants people to hear,,,,is exactly what you will have and deserve if he should ever be president. How many way can you define ROBOT!

    January 8, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  25. Ric

    Obama has said he wants every child to "have the opportunity" to go to college. There's a big difference between that and what this person is twisting it to mean. For Santorum to use the word "snobbery" is a hoot. There is nobody more snobby, snooty, snotty or snoringly boring than him. The people of Pennsylvania fired him for being non-representative of our state. He was beaten by 18 points by a soft spoken, boring man with a uni-brow! Does anyone remember how our country got in this hole that we're just now digging out of?? It was from 8 years of wars, borrowed money from China for those wars, and republican policies toward greed that got us here. AND YOU WANT TO PUT ANOTHER REPUBLICAN INTO POWER????

    January 8, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
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