Obama to talk education in Columbus, Ohio
August 21st, 2012
11:07 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama to talk education in Columbus, Ohio

(CNN) - The presidential campaign of President Barack Obama, who is campaigning in Ohio Tuesday, released the following excerpts of his speech in Columbus.

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"I am only standing before you today because of the chance my education gave me. So I can tell you with some experience that making higher education more affordable for our young people is something I've got a personal stake in. It's something I've made a top priority of my presidency. And Ohio, it's something that is very much at stake in this election.

"I say this because putting a college education within reach for working families doesn't seem to be a priority my opponent shares.

"A few months ago, just up the road in Westerville, Governor Romney said if you want to be successful, if you want to go to college or start a business, you can just "borrow money if you have to from your parents." And when a high school student in Youngstown asked him what he would do to make college more affordable for families like his, Governor Romney didn't say anything about grants or loan programs that have helped millions of students earn their education; nothing about work-study programs, or rising college tuition; not one word about community colleges, or how important higher education is to America's economic future. He said "the best thing I can do for you is to tell you to shop around."

"That's it – that's his plan. That's his answer for a young person hoping to go to college – shop around, borrow money from your parents if you have to – but if they don't have it, you're on your own.

"That's not an answer. There is nothing a parent wants more than to give our kids opportunities we never had. And there are few things as painful as not being able to do that. But right now, as we're still fighting our way back from the worst economic crisis in most of our lifetimes, many parents are struggling just to make ends meet. And I do not accept the notion that we should deny their children the opportunity of a higher education and a brighter future just because their families were hit hard by the recession."

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Filed under: 2012 • Education • Ohio • President Obama
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Ann

    Yes Mr. President, the answer is for these kids to make some real effort rather than expecting that you will give them entitlements for education and welfare. Of course 'you are on your own', this is called life...

    August 21, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If there are no new ways to pay for education, the boot straps that Romney is thinking everyone can use won't be enough to get things done.

    August 21, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    So Obama's answer is to keep helping students get tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt in order to get a degree. So suppose we give each high school graduate in America $250,000 of loans for 4 years of college. What do you think the result will be? It's easy. Costs will increase to approach an average of $250,000 for 4 years and college graduates will start their lives $250,000 in the hole. That is not what we want to happen. We can't solve this one by throwing money at it.

    August 21, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    Willard says go ask your parents for money if you want to go to college. Well what if your parents life savings was wiped away from the economic collapse genius? Then what?!?! Willard doesn't know how to help the middle class because he's never been part of the middle class.

    August 21, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Harry Kuheim

    If only Barry had all the money he wanted to throw at school buildings and Unionized Teachers...

    August 21, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Obama/Biden - We Wanna Put Government Chains on Y'ALL

    Notice the audience? Mostly young, stupid naive voters. All that is left of the Obama base after 4 years of economic and jobs disaster. The other few are the old that he has conned into believing he didn't whack their Medicare to fund Obamacare.

    August 21, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Pa Voter

    Oooh, I have an Idea Mr. Obama sir. Lets throw more money at it !!!!!

    WHen will Democrats learn that "more money" doesn't always fix the problem. They have destryed the inner ciies, crucified the family, dumbed down the populice and they wonder why its broken.

    August 21, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. rob

    About the story of the Patriot Majority buying ads attacking the Koch brothers: Let me get this straight, a Political Action Committee run by a Democrst operative which is funded by the 2 largest Public Sector Unions (Govt workers for you CNN readers) to the tune of a half a MILLION dollars- money which is secured by the taxpayers (thats you, me and everyone who pays Taxes)- is running attack ads against private citizens exercising their constitutional right to free speech? The Democrats are fine with the idea of Unions using tax payer dollars to buy influence and votes for a their party and then the same Democrats NEGOTIATE?!?! with those Unions on behalf of the tax payers.

    This the absolute hieght of political corruption and hypocracy.

    August 21, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "The Democrats are fine with the idea of Unions using tax payer dollars to buy influence and votes for a their party and then the same Democrats NEGOTIATE?!?! with those Unions on behalf of the tax payers. "

    Let's get this straight, because your attitude mirrors the attitude of corporate America and I want to make it very VERY clear what a load of completely ridiculous malarky you're pushing with your insane attempt at an analysis:

    You believe that even after the money is paid to a public employee as their salary/wages, it still counts as the taxpayers' money and, therefore, the public should have a say in what is done with it? Do you know how absurd that is? IT'S NOT YOUR FREEKIN MONEY ANYMORE. THEY EARNED IT. IT BELONGS TO THEM.

    But I'm not suprised, because the randian free-market ideological brain damage pretty much leads giant corporations to the same view of the money they pay their employees as salaries/wages: they too never stop thinking of it as "their" money, despite it having been earned. That's why they've done everything possibel to keep middle-class salaries stagnant for 40 years.

    August 21, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. California Gary

    If we, as a country, don't invest in the education of our population.......leaving a quality education only for the "elite" that can afford it........then we are destined to become a third world nation in the not too distant future. Is that really so hard to understand?

    August 21, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. george of the jungle

    republicans are scrambeling to trying to distance themselves from the rape issue something that up untill now has been the very thing that repos agree on. Even ryan helped draft the very legislation with atkin that everyone is now running from. So telling this is the party of HR3 and title 10 they have been trying to crimnalize rape since 1976 . This may be the very thing that looses them this election. Watch the rats run saying we don't believe this . But look at the records os every on Mittens too all already argee with this guy. Maybe if rthey had had a better education they would not be making the stupid remarks that they have . Do they really belive this fake science. Education will set us free so Mr President keep talking education Forward. 2012

    August 21, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Jane

    Love all the photos of any and all of President Obama's events--the faces in the crowd say it all: FOUR MORE YEARS!

    August 21, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. gord

    republican taliban believe only the rich should be educated-if you don,t have money the military is the place for you

    August 21, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Mikey

    @rob – Assuming you are correct about who is backing the Patriot Majority, the money unions have comes from dues from it's members. It is the union's money, not the government's. They are using the money to use their free speech and call out the Koch brothers, Carl Rove, Sheldon Adelson. That is their right. Why do you think the Kock brothers have a greater right to free speech than workers?

    One thing I don't get. Conservatives are scared of a Government controlled society, but they seem to be willingly supporting a Corporate controlled society. At least with the Government, we have the right to vote and to change control of that Government. If the Government is so weak it cannot counter Corporate power, we have no such remedy.

    August 21, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    Romney Ryan want to privatize - can you afford $6000 or $8000 per year per child for grade school? Can you?

    August 21, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Nothing says "progress" like "put that book down, stop asking questions and just think and believe as I tell you to."

    August 21, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Mikey

    Pa Voter – "[Democrats] have destryed the inner ciies, crucified the family, dumbed down the populice"
    **************************************************************
    Democrats did that? Really? I will never understand the twisted and tortured right-wing logic that leads them to such stupid, illogical, and ridiculous conclusions.

    August 21, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. HAS

    Rhetoric sounds good but talking about higher education is putting the cart before the horse. No one is "entitled" to a college education as part of the so called "American Dream". First, there are many bright, happy and productive people who never went to college. Second , we need people in many area that don't require a college degree. What has happened to the Technical Schools of the past they enabled many to obtain very important skills that we all depend on. College education is the tip of the educational pyramid. In my opinion we should be focusing our efforts on fostering learning in the primary and secondary schools where we should be mentoring students to be intellectually curious, and teaching them the reading, math, and and other basics to be able to be successful in the real world. Our kids are bombarded to think that the only cool people are those in the sports and entertainment industry. We don't value intellect in this country.That has to change and the change starts has to come from parents and teachers when kids are young. Of course there are issue regarding college education, but the real American Dream is that if you work hard, value learning and are persistent, the chance for success if there. It's not guaranteed, nothing in life is.

    August 21, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. WiredweirdinSF

    I am sure he won't say that we pay more than enough money to keep the incompetent, inept, corrupt teachers on the job. That would ruin his chances of getting more money from the corrupt NEA. Remember how they called in sick to go to the dope addict protests in Madison? The NEA protects the corrupt and incompetent and shuns real eduction. That is why our drop out rates are so high and our comprehension rates so low. The are training the next generation of democrat liberals.

    August 21, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    Obama/Biden – We Wanna Put Government Chains on Y'ALL
    --------------------------
    Yes. I notice the audience. It's diverse. I can't say that about Romney events.

    August 21, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Mikey

    Obama/Biden – "Notice the audience? Mostly young, stupid naive voters."
    ******************************************************************
    Yes, we noticed the audience. It looks like America. Young America for sure, but America. It looks like the promise of the future. Have you ever looked at the audience at a Romney event? They have to put all three minorities behind the candidate, so it isn't the sea of older, white, fearful, bitter, angry voters that has become the majority of the GOP electorate.

    August 21, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. rob

    To Sniffit and Mikey,
    This not money given by members because they want to its the Union bosses who collect these dues and then spend them on the Dem candidates who will give them more favorable contracts. This is OUR MONEY AND IT IS CORRUPPTION. The members don't see this money, it is taken by the bosses. Look at Wis, when given the option to pay dues freely the members STOP PAYING.

    August 21, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    California Gary

    If we, as a country, don't invest in the education of our population.......leaving a quality education only for the "elite" that can afford it........then we are destined to become a third world nation in the not too distant future. Is that really so hard to understand?
    ----
    Nope. Not hard to understand at all. Education should be funded and adminstered at the LOCAL level. Ever since the federal government got their greasy fingers in the education system, it's produced a generation of "graduates" that are dumber than a sack of hammers.

    August 21, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Mikey

    @HAS – Nothing you said differs from the President's strongly held and stated positions.

    August 21, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. patNY

    Romney said it during the primaries – he would eliminate the US Dept. of Education which administers college grants/loan programs. Without it, I would never have gone to college and then law school.

    August 21, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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