Romney says he's 'kind of' partisan
September 25th, 2012
01:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney says he's 'kind of' partisan

(CNN) – Mitt Romney joked Tuesday about being "terribly partisan" during a question and answer session devoted to the subject of education.

Romney said as president, he wouldn't prevent teachers from going on strike, as they recently did in Chicago. But the GOP presidential nominee said he thought the influence of teachers' unions on the Democratic Party was bad for policy.

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"I don't mean to be terribly partisan, but I kind of am," Romney said, according to written pool reports.

In the session, sponsored by NBC, Romney was asked if all children in America should be afforded the type of education Romney himself received at Cranbrook, the private prep school in Michigan.

The candidate said tuition figures don't always equate with the quality of education.

"I reject the idea that everybody has to have, if you will, a Harvard-expense level degree to be successful," Romney said.

Earlier Tuesday, President Barack Obama took aim at Romney for his education policies, saying his rival was vilifying teachers.

"Governor Romney and a number of folks try to politicize the issue and do a lot of teacher-bashing. When I meet teachers all across the country, so devoted and dedicated to their kids, and what we've tried to do is actually break through this left-right, conservative – liberal gridlock," Obama said on NBC's "Today."

The two presidential candidates have long been at odds over some aspects of education policy, with Romney claiming Obama is too concerned with placating teachers' unions, which are major sources of Democratic campaign cash, and Obama saying Romney is wrong on his position that smaller class sizes aren't necessarily advantageous to better learning.

Romney reiterated that point Tuesday, saying in the education forum that neither class size nor the money spent per student was the deciding factor in a good education.

"It was the quality of teachers," Romney said, saying if he becomes president he wouldn't try to run schools from the White House.

"Mitt Romney's education rhetoric today may have sounded nice, but it doesn't square with his record or policies, which are informed by the mistaken belief that we can somehow improve our schools while cutting their budgets and laying off teachers," Lis Smith, an Obama campaign spokeswoman, wrote in a statement.

"Cutting education to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires might make sense in Mitt Romney's world, but it's not a recipe for growing the economy or strengthening the middle class," Smith added.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. rob

    As usual, one needs to view the interview to find Romney's good points. CNN and the liberal will parrot the Dem line of attack using the same old tired lines about the Republicans. The Dems and the media will play to those 47% that will vote for Obama and any Dem no matter what.

    Hopefully, the rest of the country is smart enough not to fall for the propaganda offered from CNN etc. and elect Romney and Ryan.

    September 25, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. ColoradoJoe

    so by Romney's account, 50 kids in 6th grade can get the same quality of education that 25 kids get. Interesting, wonder where he gets his facts for that?

    September 25, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Yeah, Obama and the Democrats weren't touching that teacher strike in Chicago with a ten foot pole!"

    Why do you pretend Obama should have? Had he gotten intimately involved in WI's union battles, you'd have been yelling "states rights" until blue in the face.

    "It was VERY clear those teachers weren't devoted and dedicated to their kids. It was all about protecting all of their jobs, even the bad ones."

    Clearly, you know nothing of what their arguments actually were or the studies that show, e.g., applying "standardized tests" to teachers for their job performance don't actually have a causal relationship with better teaching. This isn't a quantifiable measure like how many widgets someone can produce per hour. Perhaps you should read more, talk less and start thinking.

    September 25, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. TY

    Rob......think again Romney is Unfit to be Presdient, he can bs you and the others but he is not fit for the 21st century.......

    September 25, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Wake up People!

    Is that a flip flop that I hear??? This guy stands for absolutely nothing. But the saddest and scariest part of all of this is he is a heartbeat away from the Presidency. He can and has said whatever he wants to anyone and his supporters will still support him. Anything to remove that black family from the White House.

    September 25, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. RobK

    Education is a local matter. The Federal government shouldn't be sticking their nose in the matter, unless an entire state is failing.

    September 25, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. rob

    @v_mag

    Lets be real, the public sector unions give money to Dems by about 95 to 5%. The Dems (especially local) then go on to negotiate irresponsible contracts with the same unions who helped elect them !?!? That is the absolute definition of corruption.

    September 25, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Jeff

    The GOP had 4 years to find a person to run against President Obama and this is who they choose. Good luck.

    September 25, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    ""I reject the idea that everybody has to have, if you will, a Harvard-expense level degree to be successful," "

    Oh look, a dogwhistle to the base about all the "ivory tower liberals" and Mittens' habit of pretending he wasn't educated at Harvard. Yawn.

    September 25, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. RobK

    Romney unfit?! Give me a break. He has the best qualifications as anyone has had in the last 30 years. Compared to Obama's qualifications when he became President, Romney is a regular Einstein.

    September 25, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "This guy stands for absolutely nothing."

    That's not true. He has been 100% consistent on 1 thing: "It's my turn."

    September 25, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Jake in Omaha

    MY problems with Willard

    1. He has not RELEASED 10 years of his tax returns. (What is he hiding)
    2. Seniors are part of the 47%. ( This old coot pay taxes every April 15 )
    3. Wants to repeal and replace Obama Care. (Spell exactly what you want to replace it with)
    4. Willard want to balance the budget ( Just how are you going to do that... Show us your plan in detail)
    5. Willard want to put American back to work. ( How many of those jobs will pay a living wage)

    September 25, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. 1twinsfan

    Governor Romney is totally correct. Not all kids have parents that have enough money to lend them for attending Harvard. Some have to go to places like USC, UNLV or heaven forbid, community college. Romney is a stalk of hay blowing which ever way the wind does.

    September 25, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Person of Interest

    No kidding? Say what you want about Obama (which people will) he has come to the center to compromise on alot of things: Gitmo, Gun Restrictions, the last round of proposed cuts were heavily in the Dems political sphere, etc. but he gets constantly attacked on all of those.

    I'm just curious are people so willing for things to get done they will put a now admitted partisan in office? The only way to get things done at that point would be to have partisan control both sides of Congress too.

    As a Democrat I would be scared and appalled if the Dems even had that kind of control. I'm a centrist: believe in civil rights for all individuals regardless of races, creed or sexual orientation, but I also believe in my right to own firearms; I believe religion is playing a far greater role in politics than it should, but I believe women should have the right to choose only in cases of rape or incest, etc.If either side controls it all we go in the wrong direction.

    This is why there are two missle keys on a sub so one person can't be a moron and get everyone in trouble.

    September 25, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Moelips

    "I reject the idea that everybody has to have, if you will, a Harvard-expense level degree to be successful," Romney said.

    Maybe, but the opportunity should be there for those with great promise. We don't all get to be born into a wealthy family.

    September 25, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Khaleeshi

    Why can't Romney take a stand on anything and stick with it? To date, the only thing that he has not flip flopped on is more tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires on the backs of the working class. But, now we know how he would try to pay for these extra tax breaks – he would get rid of the mortgage interest deduction, the child tax credit, educational credits, and charity. Oh, and by the way he would repeal afforadable healthcare on day one and replace it with the emergency room for healthcare.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 25, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Moelips

    RobK

    Romney unfit?! Give me a break. He has the best qualifications as anyone has had in the last 30 years. Compared to Obama's qualifications when he became President, Romney is a regular Einstein.

    Really? He just wondered why we couldn't open windows in an airplane!!! DDDDDuuuuudddddeeeee!

    September 25, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. JerseyGirl

    @Wake up People!
    Is that a flip flop that I hear??? This guy stands for absolutely nothing. But the saddest and scariest part of all of this is he is a heartbeat away from the Presidency. He can and has said whatever he wants to anyone and his supporters will still support him. Anything to remove that black family from the White House.

    =====================
    I have to totally agree. This guy is an embarrassment to this country as a candidate, and would be an embarrassment to the rest of the world if, heaven forbid, he somehow wins, and that would be ONLY with the BLOCK THE VOTE that is going on in alot of states. Everyone should be up in arms about the fact that millions of voters can be be kept from voting in the pretend excuse of voter fraud...

    September 25, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Borderless

    It is so funny how people think that an expensive education means automatic success. Notable college dropouts: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, James Cameron, Mark Zuckerberg, Frank Lloyd Wright.

    It's almost as if they just needed intelligence, drive and passion to succeed.

    September 25, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. ghostriter

    Rob, I do contract work for state and local governments. I give money to politicians. They in turn negotiate contracts with me.

    Now how or why are unions any different than contract workers? Should we not be allowed to negotiate contracts? Or maybe we shouldn't be able to support candidates.....but then again, if corporations are people, so are we.

    In any event, you show your disdain for unions is not real. You are just upset that they support democrats. At least be upfront and honest about it.

    September 25, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. ga.democrat

    One thing that has become blantantly obvious during this election is that Romney does not appear to be an intelligent person and certainly lacks any common sense. I find it hard to believe that he has a college degree, especially one from Harvard. SMH
    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 25, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. rs

    Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are very partisan and have adopted the GOP's anti-public education stance. I suppose these wingnuts figure that only people who can AFFORD education should get one. That is an economic planfor you!

    September 25, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. carrie

    Romney is kinda everthing...He loves the ones he with ! He has more sides than the pentagon .He does what he thinks appeals to an audience.
    Like spray on tan when speaking to hispanics in Miami....except they were not hispanic, most were bused in from other areas....
    This man is not presidential material !!!

    September 25, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Jules

    Romney now wants to know why you can't open the windows on an airplane. My 3 year old grandson asked me that and he now knows why.

    September 25, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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