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. Biggge

    Now how dumb is that, he is mad because Obama wants all kids to have a chance at College.. Wow that Obama must be stopped....What a field of dim-wits...

    January 7, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Maryclare McCauley

    how can YOU say the HE wants to "run our lives" after all you have said about gay people, gay marriage, people of other religions, etc.... Mind your own Santorum

    January 7, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. sue

    Obama has said that he wants every child to have the opportunity to go to college.......making it possible for the students of lower class families or mid class families that are struggling to be able to have the same opportunity as the rich to sent their kids to college......whats wrong with that......the GOP doesn't want the Blacks, Hispanics, poor unerpriviledged kids to have the opportunity to get a good education.....it just might take away the jobs that they want for just the white students to get, their kids, they don't want their kids to be passed over by a black or hispanic that might be smarter than their kids......

    January 7, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Dwayne

    Edukashen badd !!
    We need the poor and unedukated to dig ditches and pick the harvest after they kick all the illegals out of the country...

    January 7, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Bryan Indiana

    This guy is a loon of epic proportions. Who on earth would criticize the potus for wanting our young people to be educated? It's really astounding that this is the cream ot the GOP crop.

    January 7, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. RIALgal

    Grasping, isn't he?

    I feel sure what the President meant by his remark is that he wants every student to graduate from high school (the apparent focus) ready for a career or college if that's what he chooses, not with just a half-a$$ed education. The President is certainly smart enough to know that not every kid is college material but every kid should be educated to the best of his desire and ability.

    January 7, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Tony in Maine

    My automatic response would be quite lively, but not really courteous.

    The problem Sanctus has with post secondary education is that it might deplete the underclass needed to serve the Lords of Wall Street.

    January 7, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    true that not everybody was meant to go to college, but Santorum just fits the mold of how the GOP feels about education. Going to college is a form of making a person think and reason for themselves and one of the things Republicans don't like is people that can do that. If they can control you with FEAR and mis-information why bother going to school?

    January 7, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. LouAZ

    " they're not ready to go to college" . . . right Ricky . . . because the sytem we have now does not teach them to read and write ! Ricky says Obama is arrogant about education. The height of ego is to home school your children. He wants us to think he would not impose his strict Calvanist religious persona on the Office of the President of the United States.
    No chance, bucko, your as nuts as the preachers who put the fear of their god into you as a child. You're still afraid after all these years.

    January 7, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Nothing new here

    Look, I work on cars – and I went to college. But good grief, why is Santorum now targeting "higher education" in this country? People, like Santorum, constantly complain about all the lazy, low-income people living off the damn government – okay. But this guy now has the absolute audacity to demand that some people settle for menial jobs, in order to keep the status quo happy? Either he wants people in this country to suceed, or not.
    But then again, Santorum only works for the 1% that believes as he does....

    January 7, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. madfinger

    so.... Santorum thinks the government should prevent us from purchasing contraceptives.......but shouldn't make it any easier for kids to go to college. .....hmmmmm..... sounds like a plan....

    Santorum- A frothy mix of idiocy and backward religious nuttery

    January 7, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Tom

    He's keeping it real.....real dumb.

    January 7, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Shannon

    whatever Rick, you're a hate filled bigot!

    January 7, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    This Guy is a Moran. He has no clue what to say out of his mouth.

    January 7, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Lynn

    Wait a minute Santorum, you're the guy who strongly is against any form of birth control. You're telling us how to live the righteous life and complaining when Obama suggests we all should be educated.

    January 7, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Rick

    "This is the kind of snobbery that we see from those that think they know how to run our lives." Yes, this is the kind of snobbery that we've seen from the Religious Reich since they pushed their pet creature Ronnie Ray-Gun on us in 1980. Isn't 32 years enough of the snobbery? Destroy the Reich and the Tea-Baggers.

    January 7, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. DJR

    Yes, keep the masses stupid so that they continue buying your bull* There is nothing better than making sure that our kids get a good education, regardless of you're going to hold a blue- or white-collar job. It was well educated people like our parents that brought this nation to the leading edge of engineering, technology and what have you back in the 50's/60's. Insisting that not setting educational goals and make anything possible to get a kid to reach it, in order to being prepared for adult life, is just insane, and in my opinion not worthy of a potential POTUS.

    January 7, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. radiowidow

    Here is the entire quote from President Obama from 2009: “And so tonight, I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma.” Of course quoting this wouldn't have gotten Santorum in the headlines today, would it?

    Many students would like to go to a four year college but can't afford it, but they are still choosing community college in its place since they know that most businesses that pay above minimum wage won't even look at you for an entry level job unless you have some sort of degree or additional training. (Community college enrollment is up nearly 22% in the last 4.5 years.)

    So kudos to the president for wanting our youth to succeed in life. Perhaps the headline should say "Santorum has low expectations for America's youth."

    January 7, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Ryan Miller

    Mr. Santorum is purposefully misconstruing the notion that every child should go to college. Correctly represented, the goal is for every child to have the opportunity to go to college. See the difference? How outrageous is that? I'm sure I'm not the only person to find Mr. Santorum's (false) outrage ironic as its *his* thinking that's full of hubris as he feels completely comfortable having the government legislating and imposing his idea of morality on the rest of us.

    January 7, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. JPH

    President Obama says he wants every child to graduate "career and college ready" That does not mean that the President expects or wants every child to go to college but rather that each child should have the skills to succeed in life regardless of the path they choose. If a child has the skills to succeed in college and career then they will be able to succeed in whatever life path they choose. Santorum is spinning the President's words in order to serve his own agenda, which is to make the President appear to be an elitist. A perennial Republican ploy.

    January 7, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. steve pentecost

    Al lil Santorum an auto mechanic! How dare he. How can he be so cruel. All that grease and oil could have a terribly negative effect on a lil Rick. SO SAD TOO THINK OF A SANTORUM A MERE COMMONER.

    January 7, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. af

    How so dumn hypocrite are you santorium, the door of colleges should open to everyone or anyone. You will not leave your kids taking a low pay job, you will send them to college. Don't you Hypocrite politician

    January 7, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. SPLAT!~

    So what say you auto mechanics of America, is post high school training beneficial or can any idiot just jump in and do it?

    January 7, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    Pretty telling that the GOBP deathcult considers a pro-college education stance to be "snobbery." I guess when the deathcult is based on fear, lies and ignorance, education would be the enemy.

    January 7, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. JohnReedjr

    What Obama means is that every child whose career path is enhanced through higher education should have that education available to him, and possess the skills required to make the most of that education. The auto mechanic Santorum envisions is a tire changer or oil changer. The person working on the power system or the safety system must have a post secondary education.

    January 7, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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