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. paul

    Congratulation Mrs. Sherrod

    March 1, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. JoJo

    Although I respect honest economic conservatism, in my opinion, most of the current Republican party panders to superstition and anti-intellectualism to get votes. Santorum is a "Christianist", greedy, war-lover, not a Christian.

    March 1, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Jake

    and not all parents have the time and resources to home school college for their kids!

    March 1, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Jon in Balto

    A question: Is it the Republican strategy to put one after another really right wing conservative candidates (bordering on "nuts" – from Palin thru Bachmann thru Cain and now to Santorum) up for consideration a show as to make Romney appear to be a more moderate conservative Republican? In other words, present Republicans with a choice between "way out there" and just "out there", where "out there" begins to look good? And will being less "out there", make Romney the better candidate to be defeated by Obama, which in actuality is what the Republicans want – in preparation for the mid-terms of 2014 and the Presidential of 2016 (when they will nominate another Bush)?

    March 1, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. bcrunner

    It still amazes me that kind of talk resonates with some people. To actually to out there and tell the people that our President is a snob for encouraging our young to go to college even if he had not said anything else. Most of us worked hard and saved to make sure our children had an opportunity to go to college and get a better education. And people actually vote for this guy!! Not only that, if I am correct, he has three degrees!! Charloette, I feel sorry for people with your ignorance...

    March 1, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. hootin'nanny

    wow...i'm impressed...biden said something without totally sticking his foot in his mouth...usually i can't stand him...he and obama must take time to call santorum and thank him for delivering another vote to their corner. without santorum i never would've seen the light...

    former republican...new independent...never goin back

    March 1, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. M-W-T

    Hey Rick, If you think the Dept of Education costs to much, answer me this,
    "HOW MUCH DOES STUPID COST????"

    M. W. Trottier

    March 1, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Bugpucker

    Biden, lmao.

    March 1, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Russ in Md

    Of course Obama wants our kids to go to college. Almost all the teachers preach there liberal rhetoric and transforms them into Obama-bots. I'll take a young kid fresh out of the armed service before I'd take a snot nose college grad. At least the kid in the service has learned what discipline, respect, loyalty, and hard work is all about.

    March 1, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Nitehawk1950

    They are making a suggestion that more is needed than a high school education. As an employer, I'm amazed that most kids that are graduating highschool, lack simple math and reading skills. This tells me that the high schools are failing our kids miserably, or that they in fact need something in addition to what they are graduating with. If you don't set standards that are higher, then all your kid may be quallified to do, are the most basic and menial jobs. Santorum is the snob and any person with a minimum degree of intelligence should be able to comprehend this. How else can the religous far right rule the masses iif they are too inteligent to see the BS being handed to them. He wants you dumb and subserviant as it has lways been among the Catholic Religion and most christian based religons. He's not fooling anyone with half a brain and commonsense. He's a religous zealot who has a snowball's chance in hell of ever winning this election. next year this time we'll be saying Santorum who?

    March 1, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Molly

    Joe Biden and President Obama are so right about the various higher education programs offered by community colleges. as well as the 4 year programs of colleges and universities. Santorum is writing his own ticket back home every time he opens his mouth. Obama/Biden 2012.
    S N O T must stand for something – what?

    March 1, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Emma

    Scott, have you studied a skill, as in a technical school or a certificate program beyond high school? If you have a college degree, of which Santorum has three, (and his children are in college or possess a degree) why do you not think it is a good thing for people who want to increase their marketability in the jobs arena?

    March 1, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. anagram_kid

    Jody,
    You are correct. Religion abhors change.

    Obama 2012

    March 1, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Rubje

    The President was talking not only about 4-year, but also -2-year college and Technical colleges. Yes, he knows that
    not everyone is College material, but the need for some type of training, to make it is needed.

    It is shame that you can't give the President a break, but can give a white racist who think he is talking over black people heads and we do not know what he really saying. How many blacks have you seen at his rally, if he was elect he is not going to be the President of just the white people in the U.S. but of all American is this country.

    He needs get his act together or get out of the race.

    March 1, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Skitownrefugee

    Reply to Matt – Thank you for making note of the president's word "opportunity". I watch way too many political tv shows and have yet to hear that from anyone. He wasn't trying to mandate anything – it is the opportunity, the chance, that he was promoting. Thanks again Matt.

    March 1, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. johnmenacherjr

    You know I always wondered how the western world ended up in the Dark Ages. Now I think many of us can see how complete religious fanatic ism from one group and the complete removal of science. I have 2 kids both college educated and am damn proud of that as I am with myself. This Santorum is just a stupid ego nut and I truly do not like him no matter the party he is just simply dangerous. Ya and whos' really the snob? it ain't me!

    March 1, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. tim

    Sticks and stones may break my bones but words are what Republicans use to hornswoggle their gullible followers.

    March 1, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. fandancy

    This comment by Ricky is just another example of how desperate these clowns masquerading as serious candidates are. No matter what Obama says or does, they feel they must do or say the opposite, even if they lie and/or make a fool of themselves. These creeps are scraping the bottom of the barrel. None are even remotely worthy of being president.

    March 1, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Pete

    What baffles me, and in some respect scares me, is that Rick Santorum has a large following. He said he "almost threw up" when Kennedy spoke about the need for a separation of church and state. Really? You need to go back 50 years to revisit an opinion from a dead president about an issue that has long since been settled? But my favorite is taking on the President for saying that a college education is a good thing! This is controversial in his mind. He hates a sitting president for pushing kids to attend college. And he is still liked by consevative Americans! You can't make this stuff up!

    March 1, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Yomi Olalere

    And what do you call Armed service – high school or post high school? Politics is killing common sense. If you know how to bring kids to the world then you should know how to send them or encourage them to go to college to increase their chances in today's competitive market. Oh, may I also tell you gone are those days when one skill is sufficient for livelihood. The wheel of career market is seriously turning upward and Chineese, Indians and Africans are seriosuly catching up with this global reality. America can't afford to wait behind. Get smart people!

    March 1, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Ed Peters

    Give it a rest Joe, Rick has no concept of the middle class (even if he does profess to have grownup through it). He has no idea of how to survive (surely not advance) in this country without praying for it! He thinks the 1st amendment gives religious zealots the right to tell others how to live, and if you disagree you a snob/bigot or whatever four/five/six or seven letter word he has learned today! Common sense, respect for the rights of others: Rick doesn't have a clue!

    March 1, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Liberalator

    Santorum's comment goes beyond snobbery. It shows a person who logic and comments are twisted and border on being evil even though he tries to come across so sanctimonious.

    The saddest part of the Santorum candidacy is the number of voters who actually are Santorum's followers who also are consumed by twisted logic and misplaced faith.

    Santorum talks about the devil and evil as he and his followers are attempting to bring the populace back to intellectual darkness.

    America is a sad place to be these days.

    Liberalator

    March 1, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. dkcok

    @ Jon in Balto
    I have been saying that since this whole thing began.

    March 1, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Obama's Snake Oil on Sale - Git yur lies and deceit here!!

    You're doing a great job out there attacking Republicans Joe! Keep up the good work. I'm just so happy you're not talking about us and sticking your foot in your mouth or telling the truth like your prone to do. I sure don't need you out there talking about the record unemployment level.

    March 1, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Dan J

    I'm saying this as a republican: Good for Biden.

    March 1, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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