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. NUMBNUT

    Santoroum, like Bachman, is a Dominion. They want to live like it was year 1 A. D. Extremely old school, by the bible. Religious nuts make me nervous because I have visions of them making the U.S. a theology run government, and we know how well that works (hint...look at the Middle East).

    Also, Santorum doesn't want to educate people. To me this means he wants to keep people "stupid", so they won't be able to comprehend what the heck is going on w/our government. When you educate people, they tend to follow every day news stories, thus being able to be more cognitive and precise with decision making...like not voting for nut jobs like Santorum.

    March 1, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. marty

    Ah, Mr. Santorum, the candidate who pretends to understand the middle class,' whose grandfather was a hard working coal miner'. The real Santorum was born to a father whose job was with the U.S. Government as a psychiatrist, whose mother was a college graduate, and all lived on the government dole as he grew up. Hardly a suffering middle class family. His chicanery and subtle inferences are some of the reasons Pennsylvanians rejected him.

    March 1, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Rick has shown that he is unfit to be POTUS -thank goodness, he opened his mouth and let his bigotry flow out-Poeple might have voted for him as intelligent when he is anything but. He needs to apply for the Priest opening in the Catholic church. The country is moving forward, not back to the 18th century.

    March 1, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. JasonP

    "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." - Obama

    That's exactly what he originally said in the State of the Union Speech that Santorum is referencing. I guess Ricky boy didn't listen well in school either.

    March 1, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. batjones

    Before Mr. Santorum continues to play God and remake his children in his own image, perhaps he should re-read the Holy Bible. I believe there is a commandment that says something along the lines of "Thou shalt not have any other God before me." I think there is a line about not bearing false witness too. Mr. Santorum should be glad the President is a forgiving Christian.

    March 1, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Brad

    Santorum is a ivy league educated millionaire who would actually discourage people from going to college? Who's the snob?

    March 1, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Stan

    If Santorum went to college, wouldn't that make him a hypocrite? But that's okay with him as long as he's able to deceive and get the vote of those that didn't go to college. If I didn't know better, I'd think this guy is a throw-back to the days of the
    Roman Empire. Rick... get real. This is 21st century America.

    March 1, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. longtooth

    Santorum is the next to last republican left in the ring. One by one, they take the spotlight, but can't handle the scrutiny. Romney, the one the Obama campaign has been preparing for all this time, is next in line for the public meatgrinder. Let's see how the man who would be president handles it.

    March 1, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Harry Baxter

    I'm amazed at the number of GOP adherents who can criticize Biden for sticking his foot in his mouth, when compared to Romney, Santorum, Cain, Perry, and Michele bachmann, he "The Man with the Golden Tongue"
    I'll give credit to Paul and Gingrich for articulating their wacky ideas in a coherent manner, but Paul is a Racist and Newt is a degenerate.

    March 1, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Dean

    President Barack Obama's Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu uttered the kind of Washington gaffe that consists of telling the truth when inconvenient. According to Politico, Chu admitted to a House committee that the administration is not interested in lowering gas prices.
    -----------------------------------
    And there are people in this country that have their eyes, or minds, so closed they want to keep the current administration in power to continue their country damaging policies.

    March 1, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. ClarasBeau

    I suspect that most voters can certainly see this Mr. Santorum for who (what) he really is.

    March 1, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. komododr

    Mr. Santorum want to spin what President Obama said but in a different tone to make it sound like the President wants everybody to go to Harvard. You're wrong again Mr. Santorum. You make bonehead comments too many times.

    Your District in PA didn't you representing them in the U.S. Senate and now you want to represent America?

    March 1, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Dude in Colorado

    @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."

    You mean the 10.8% unemployment in December of 1982 under Saint Reagan? After he had been in office for 2 full years? The "record"?

    March 1, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Mike, Albany

    Santorum's comment is worthy of Sarah Palin. The snide way he referred to Obama as a snob is nauseating. First, even if it were true that Obama wants to remake everyone in his image (which he never said), Obama is an excellent role model - confident, well-spoken, intelligent. In many cases, he's a better role model than many parents out there. Second, statistics show that without a college education, a person is significantly more likely to end up in poverty. I guess this is what the republican party wants - the poor and uneducated are more likely to be duped by these corrupt individuals than someone who can think for themselves. In my view, Santorum, like Palin, is a freak who needs to just go away.

    March 1, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. noteabags

    sshhhhh. We want this fool to win the republican primary.

    March 1, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    Its funny reading the posts of the people who are convinced that college does nothing more than turn people into mindless liberal automatons, ignoring the fact that endless amounts of right-wing drivel on AM radio and FOX turns you into a mindless dittohead with no free will. Such comments ignore the underlying truth of what the vice-president said, that there is a huge disconnect between what Santorum and his ilk feel and what the rest of us live. I taught at a community college, and dealt with everything from remedial classes to people who went on the get PhDs: no one ever felt they were transforming themselves into snobs or elitists by developing their God-given talents. Only a complete fool, with no appreciation for the advatages he or she has earned through their studies, could ever conclude they were eletist. Its gives you a shot at a better life. My son is training for the building trade because that is what he wants to do, not because he feels he is being relegated to some lesser slot in life. He knows taht in order to be competitive, he's going to have to keep on learning. To declare that advocates for increased access to higher learning are snobs ignores the very real advantages people have with education. Its clear Santorum knows this ( with 3 degrees), yet is arrogant enough to manipulate and twist the truth to play off of people's fears. Its sick and twisted.

    March 1, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. CTYank

    The unbelievable thing here is that a sizable percentage of Rep-s think that Sanctum Sanctorum is fit to be POTUS. He's a fraud and an empty vessel, so to speak. His verbal drivel would only play well with those dumbed-down by Faux.

    Were you to hear any of his stuff from the Pres., the right-wingers would be up in arms. Bunch of idiots! Bill Buckley must be whirling in his grave!

    March 1, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. 2chihuahuas

    What about Christian colleges? There are many of those around the country. Does Santorum think they have a "liberal agenda"? I am glad Santorum is this forthright, at least I know what he believes. He wants obediant minions that do not question his dogma.

    March 1, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. ted

    Santorum wants everyone home schooled, even through college. Yeah, like that will work. Santorum is an idiot and he is the only one who doesn't know it.

    March 1, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Chris

    Santorum makes a great point – people don't need to go to college to be successful. There are plenty of working-class jobs and careers out there, like welders, mechanics, and IT. A college education is way too expensive and not necessary for everyone out of high school.

    March 1, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Just let Ricky keep talking Joe. He's tanking himself.

    March 1, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. AT

    It's time to send Sanctum Ricky Boy Sanctorum to the mental sanatorium.

    March 1, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. scottf

    The first thing I do when I hear a so called political comment is " to consider the source." The source was Taliban Rick!! Enough said! Next bigot please!

    March 1, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. The obvious

    Joe Biden is an embarrassment to all Americans.

    March 1, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. JPX

    Santorum doesn't believe in evolution, that's all you need to know.

    March 1, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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