Biden hits Santorum over 'snob' comment
March 1st, 2012
10:29 AM ET
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Biden hits Santorum over 'snob' comment

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden turned his fire on Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum Thursday, saying his recent "snob" comment about college represents a disconnect with the American people.

"I think there's an ideological divide between Rick Santorum and all of America on this. I don't think it's between the parties," Biden told Radio Iowa. "It's not about snobbery. It's about allowing people to live a life like their parents lived, in a middle-class environment, decent home, good school, a promise to send their kids to college and being able to take care of their parents and not have to be taken care of themselves by the time they're their parents' age."

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Santorum recently categorized President Barack Obama as a "snob" for calling on every American to attend college.

"Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image," Santorum said last week. "I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his."

Santorum has said he supports different types of higher education, not just four year degrees, saying education should vary based on an individual's strengths.

But Biden, who is in Ames, Iowa Thursday for a speech, said college degrees increase the probability of success.

"Look, I've been going college campuses and high schools all across America for the past six months talking about what the facts are," Biden said. "Six out of the 10 jobs over the next 10 years are going to require … either a certificate or a degree beyond high school. It's that simple."

The vice president's remarks follow similar comments from Obama Monday, when he seemingly addressed Santorum, without using his name.

"When I speak about higher education, we're not just talking about a four year degree," Obama said. "We're talking about somebody going to a community college and getting trained for that manufacturing job that now is requiring somebody walking through the door handling a million dollar piece of equipment, and they can't go in there unless they've got some basic training beyond what they received in high school."

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Filed under: 2012 • Education • Joe Biden • Rick Santorum
soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Sam Clemens

    Why bother? Frothy is most likely not going to get the nomination. Start pointing out what a tool romney is instead, and hope that by doing so you can actually get santorum nominated. It would give President Obama the biggest mandate since the Great Society days.

    March 1, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. texan

    AMEN Joe ......................

    March 1, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. duncansonandrew

    All kidding aside, Santorum is Sarah Palin without balls.

    The Republican Party has surely lost their way. For these reason we need to consider the following:

    It is hard to say which of the top GOP candidates is the best disaster for the Republican Party. Now with Newt and Ron Paul sidelined and without much of a durable campaign just nonsense what is a person to do? Barrack Obama has shown conservative views and many thought he really has been the best Republican out there. Of course he wants to help the poor and provide for affordable healthcare and that is a sin according to the GOP. Not all Republicans follow the line. During the big disaster last year called the National Debt Crisis the President worked for a process to cut down the debt without sacrificing jobs. We can't get enough jobs. We have enough boobs in Congress to vote against jobs that we got our country downgraded and our stock market dropped. This eliminated even more jobs. Thanks GOP for presenting some terrible candidates for President. Write in Barrack Obama if you visiting Orlando and live in a whacked out state that lets fool like Mitt Romney vote for weak leaders in the opposing party. That is what Mitt Romney used to do every year. Now he calls that discussing and hates Santorum for using this practice.

    March 1, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Nice to know our Vice President has nothing else to do but comment about something a week old. Yaaawwwnnnn....

    March 1, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. diridi

    Mr. Biden, you are wasting time on that dude. He is no good, entire nation knows. His ideology is all caveman's ideas. He will go back to cave pretty soon. Just focus on Romney the Rich guy, who speaks no sense....god bless you and pres. Obama. Obama2012.

    March 1, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. sdmco

    GOP to the middle class: The world needs ditch diggers, too.

    March 1, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. skarphace

    Darn it, Biden, most Americans do not want Santorum to win the Republican nomination. All you are going to do, with your criticism of Santorum is make him more popular among the 'Anybody But Obama' crowd.

    These religious extremists do not value education and science and would definitely consider anybody with a higher education a 'snob'. They don't care about creating more high quality jobs in America; they only care about their social conservative values and forcing these values on the rest of the country.

    Yes, you are speaking to the choir, but you are helping the most dangerous of the Republican candidates in the process. Please, Biden, leave Santorum to his own devices. He can only hurt himself, but you can only help him.

    March 1, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Nick

    GOP = no education?

    How is this a good platform to run on? I understand the need to rally the uneducated right, but these comments by Santorum are just plain stupid! The only way our country will be successful is to get our population educated to compete! We live in global market place and can only compete if we have the best minds and leaders. How can we compete when China and India actually value a strong education and can produce for pennies on the dollar?

    March 1, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. copertop

    Mr. vicepresident:
    Why are you waisting your time on Santimonium's comments? He will never be elected to anything, unless he goes and postulates himself at Oral Roberts University.

    March 1, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. jim

    Biden should shut up about Santorum. Nothing better could happen to the Democrat Party than to have Santorum get the Republican nomination.

    March 1, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Glenn Doty

    The democrats posting here aren't thinking very clearly about this....

    Take a deep breath, and say it with me: "Santorum has a greater chance of beating Obama than Romney"... Romney can't get the vote of anyone who makes less than $30,000/year. He's hollow on the red-meat social issues that the Guns God Gays Birth Control and Beer crowd care about, and he's a rich educated snob... So the republicans lose all the poor, while the democrats lose nothing (what moderate do YOU know prefers Romney to Obama?)..

    So Santorum has the better chance. Say it with me, and repeat it as loud as you can. ;)

    March 1, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Maccabeus24

    It is snobbish to think that everyone is smart enough to attain a college degree. Some people just don't have the academic prowess to go that far. And its further snobbish to think that you must have a college education to be middle class!

    March 1, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. David

    Santorum is an idiot, but he has done something good, he opened my eyes to the stubborn and ignorant republican party.

    I've always been republican, but now I am Democrat for the foreseeable future.

    March 1, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. duncansonandrew

    I argue that Rick Santorum is more of a Nit Twit than Mitt Romney. Both are baseless, clueless, religious extremist as far out as Islamic extremists. Nut cases. Nobody in their right mind would think these un-American do nothings could help our country.

    Of course Barrack isn't a weak slime ball like the GOP Presidential disasters. Barrack just needs the love from the demented Republicans. There are many out there. Maybe one in two Americans. Women have to vote for Barrack or say goodbye birth control and hello babies everywhere. The GOP is trying to create a baby boom to get more soldiers so they can invade more countries for oil and profit like the Bush family on companies selling arms to our military. The Bush slogan was buy up big on war tech and create an unlawful war. It made them rich. What a GOP role model. George W. Bush and Karl Rove and the people that serve them slime the Heritage Foundation our countries product distributing hate, bigotry and propaganda to the likes of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

    March 1, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. DaEmph

    That is a real stupid comment for him to say, college just makes you a more well-round as a individual, so he doesn't want people to be like Obama? So I guess he is saying take up a trade and dismiss the social skills you need to survive in this world, real smart Santorum. Getting a college degree does'nt make you snob, it makes you more marketable in the job market, I guess this goes to show you the intellignece level of these Republicans...look at Bush, the rest is history

    March 1, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Saint Orem thinks it is snobbery to educate America's future generations. He, however, got an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a law degree degree from the Dickinson School of Law. He met his wife while she was at Law school. HIS kids are going to get higher education.

    Apparently, a better education should not be in the future for the lesser claas kids. Saint Orem has said for those kids there should be trade schools and such. After all, if you are not a rich Republican, the least you can do is prepare their food, tend their yards, help raise their kids or keep their cars running. You know, all the joyfull jobs available to the unedeucated masses.

    March 1, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. rharrisphd

    I wish Biden would let Obama's words take the lead. Santorum will pick apart some of Biden's emphasis on 4-year colleges while Obama clearly indicated apprenticeship, community colleges, etc. must be supported.

    March 1, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Peter

    Santorum seems to be aiming for the bottom feeders with his comment that Obama is a "snob" for suggesting that everyone who graduates high school go to college.

    Mr. Santorum better get into the 21st century. The Chinese guarantee a college education for all of the children.

    March 1, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Enough.

    The GOP never ceases to amaze, anger & baffle me. What is Santorum thinking & what where the people thinking who cheered at his snob remark? Santorum has a college education but you wouldn't know it, he's dumber then a sack of hammers. What does the GOP think? masked gunmen are going to be waiting at HS graduations and march people off to colleges? Education should be affordable & available to everyone whether or not its a vocational school, community college or a four year college. OBAMA 2012 it doesn't take a genius to know it's the only rational choice.

    March 1, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. real American

    If our current education system doesn't prepare our kids for work then why are we sending them to those schools for 12 years....I can train a dog in less time than that....maybe we ought to change what and how we teach kids in the current schools so they are better prepared for either higher education or blue collar jobs. 12 years is enough if it's effective.

    March 1, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. PaulC

    Did Santorum forget that he has several college degrees? How did he escape the liberal brainwashing?
    He truly is a chosen one but the question is "chosen by whom"?

    March 1, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. D45

    The fact is this if everyone goes beyond high school, who is going to run the gas station, the car wash, who is going to bring yuur dinner when you go to a resturant, who is going to repair your car, Not eveyone can afford to go to college or a university. If everyone needs a college degree to get a job then the world is really messed up. You can not have x million lawyers, dentists, doctors, scientists, because not everyone has the ability for that type of work. Who is going to pick up your garbage, repair your washer/dryer?

    March 1, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. yogi

    @Truth.
    Have you checked the cive president's schedule lately? You might want to consider you posting name, it doesn't seem very accurate either. You must feel very frustrated with the field of candidates, and what Biden said must have hit a nerve with you.

    March 1, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. ART

    Santorum the gift that keeps on giving

    March 1, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Charlie from the North

    I am a left of center dyed in the wool Democrat so it might sound strange coming from me. But I miss the GOP. While it is true that they will win fewer elections now that the tea-party has so much influence the candidates they have are stark raving bonkers. Ou governor in Mane is a prime example. A 3rd party candidate and a low voter turnout has doomed us to an offensive, boorish intolerant and dangerous leader with 39% of a 40% voter turnout. So I would say that even though a more intelligent better GOP would be harder to beat I welcome that fight because it makes my party stronger and better. Plus it not such a disaster if they get elected. I mean compare Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower or even Reagan to a President Sanatorium Romney or Gingrich. I want my intelligent, responsible and adult opposition back.

    March 1, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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