Biden: Romney's assault on teachers
July 3rd, 2012
05:55 PM ET
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Biden: Romney's assault on teachers

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden said teachers "are under full blown assault" by Mitt Romney and "his allies in Congress" Tuesday. In response, the Romney campaign said the vice president was touting "failed" policies in his remarks.

Speaking before a large crowd of educators at the National Education Association 91st representative assembly, Biden blasted Romney for his education reform plan that includes allowing states to utilize Title I funds -originally intended to help schools in disadvantaged areas – to help students pay for private school education.

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"You guys – educators, teachers, you are under full blown assault. Romney, Romney, Governor Romney and his allies in the Congress - their plan for public education in America is to let the states use Title I dollars to boost enrollment in private schools," Biden said.

The NEA, a strong supporter of President Obama, was a highly-receptive audience for the Vice President.

"I think we should have just a straight honest to God talk about the difference between the difference between how President Obama and I view education and how our Republican colleagues today view it," Biden said to applause.

Biden also said, "I can't think of a candidate for president who has ever made such a direct assault on such an honorable profession."

Discussing the Obama administration's education policy, Biden sought to draw a bright contrast.

"We believe that the way to build this country is the way we always have," Biden said. "From the middle out, that's how it's always been done: invest in the things that have always made our economy grow: innovation, research, development, infrastructure, and education."

While emphasizing the importance of teachers to the fabric of society, Biden also continued with the theme that Romney's candidacy is one that would put their beliefs in jeopardy. Continuing on Romney, Biden said "this ain't your father's Republican party. These guys have a different view of how to move America forward."

Amanda Henneberg, a spokesperson for Romney's campaign responded, "Vice President Biden today doubled down on the same policies that have failed to fix our economy and help the middle class. Instead of putting students first, Vice President Biden and this administration have stood with union bosses. Instead of creating good jobs for graduates, this administration has presided over one of the bleakest jobs markets for young people. Mitt Romney has the plan and record to put students first and make sure that they have a job waiting for them when they graduate."

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Common Sense!!

    if Biden is not busy inserting his foot in his baggy mouth he is blatantly lying infront of cameras!! four more years of Joe and the poster boy and America will be gone to the dogs!

    July 3, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  2. Commenter

    "Mitt Romney has the plan and record to put students first and make sure that they have a job waiting for them when they graduate." ......Amanda Henneberg, a spokesperson for Romney's campaign.

    Pleeeaaaase, tell me how. Still waiting. Haven't heard a single proposal from Romney yet. Atleast, I know Obama is capable of, but not Romney.

    July 3, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is it any surprise? Romney is working the ideology that he was given. These teachers are perceived as liberals by Romney and other ideolgically conservatives.

    July 3, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  4. mikle

    Some I don't know he is vice -pres. or just clown.

    July 3, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. Marcus Wel

    Biden, the sky is not falling. This is made up drama!

    July 3, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  6. JoeArizona

    CONSERVATIVES = liars and flipfloppers, will say anything to get elected, their favorite toy is the Etch a Sketch, if elected will try to prove that government can't work while enriching themselves on your tax dollars, support wars and defense contractors but not our troops

    July 4, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  7. clephas

    Teachers have long been under assault. Whether it is from parents who overreact to minor incidents, thus causing educators to become less and less effective, or the constant attempts of the GOP to infiltrate and undermine education boards – as an example, the way 'conservative' sympathizers are editing the history books in Texas to downplay inconvenient traits and statements by the Founding Fathers or symbolic 'heroes' like Andrew Jackson. Not to mention that we haven't even tried to incorporate parts of systems that work better than our own into our public education, simply because they are from foreign countries. Privatizing isn't an option either, since most private schools in the US are of far lower quality and have lower standards than ones in other countries and even our current public school system. This mistaken assumption and deliberate distortion, that US private schools grant a better education than public ones, is absolutely deadly to our country's future. It's an assumption that might have been true fifty years ago... but our private schools have rotted even faster than the public (outside higher education) in this country.

    July 4, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    The Henneberg response is the most ridiculous and arrant nonsense I have heard in a long time .
    If you dont have adequate numbers of properly qualified teachers doing a good job, it is a problem. That is the only way to protect students and it matters not ( or should not) whether the student is poor, middle class or rich.
    Whether those teachers have a right or not to be in a union does not affect thier professional ability as educators, but only supports the current Republican view that state governments appear inept at finalising reasonable wage and T/C with Unions.
    This is equally nonsense and if I wanna be a teacher and union member that is a constituional freedom of the individual... But I agree closed shop rules are unconstitutional.

    July 4, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  9. Tammie Hildom

    I'm a Republican teacher who is tired of being bullied and vilified in the media. Kids are not commodities to be bought, sold, and traded. I want a president who understands and supports the work I do every day. Biden understands us because his wife is an educator. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm tired of rhetoric. I want to hear what each candidate plans to do for the students of this great nation. I have my lesson plan each day; gentlemen, what's yours?

    July 4, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  10. republican rebel

    What's a "disadvantaged area"? Did their horse go lame a few days before the race?

    July 4, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  11. Shann

    Do you know that our school system is riddled with ineffective teachers? Do you know that is the case because of the teacher's union? Man, wouldn't it be great to trim excess spending in education? Wouldn't it be great to be able to remove a teacher who consistently fails in the classroom? Seriously, if any of you were lousy in your job, wouldn't you be let go? The truth hurts – but the truth is that many tenured teachers become relaxed and complacent in their jobs and are incredibly ineffective. Just like any profession, education should trim useless teaching and wasted spending. A vote for Romney is a vote for more accountability. A vote for Obama is a vote for the status quo.

    July 4, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  12. L. R. Long

    And Mr Romney's plan is.....................?

    July 4, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  13. Mario

    Over Millions TEACHERS and over Millions FIREMAN and over MILIONS POLICE have ben laid off thanks to the Republican. This is the the way they can make unemployment rate look bad because Obama has created Millions of jobs in the public sector. They continue to try to make Obama and Democrats look bad and American people are starting to see it

    July 4, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  14. Marry

    The GOP and “Romney's campaign” should wash their mouth with soap! NO ideas to make things better but blah, blah, blah on education. Disgraceful!!!

    July 4, 2012 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  15. Nametodd harrison

    Las Vegas has a 50% dropout rate, Detroit about the same... yes, Joe the public education system is alive and well. Lets give those inner city parents some options for their children... the status quo is not working. Teacher Unions... where good teachers are underpaid and bad ones get tenure.

    July 4, 2012 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  16. 2020

    Romney, don't bring up your record. it is embarrassing. dicimal job created record as governor, and outsourcing, offshoring chief as businessman. Shame on you, you never have "middle-class" in your head. America is doing better without Romney

    July 4, 2012 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  17. Jerry

    How about THEIR own assault (Obamacare penalty tax, etc., etc., etc.) on the middle class. Most teachers are considered middle class. But most teachers have become so gullible to the BIDEN/OBAMA rhetoric and rehashed talking points that they have become blinded and hearing impaired to reality.

    This coming from a life-long Democrat! However, somehow, the TRUTH has to be told!!!

    July 4, 2012 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  18. BO Stinks

    Biden has never been the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    July 4, 2012 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  19. Don

    The GOP and alexithymic Mitt would get rid of public schools from K to College if they could. Just look at nutty John Kingsbury in NH, babbling that sending 5 year olds to kindergarten will turn them into criminals as adults.

    July 4, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  20. Mike

    If anybody really believes alexithymic Mitt would put the children of middle class Americans first, then there is a bridge here in Brooklyn that is going up for sale AGAIN.

    July 4, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  21. Kathy

    Joe Biden agrees with Jeb Bush that today's GOP is not your daddy's republican party anymore. Old George Romney must be turning in his grave every time alexithymic Mitt opens his mouth.

    July 4, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  22. Randyman

    Nothing like some basic demwit fear politics.

    July 4, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  23. Danile6

    More divisive tripe from a guy who's trying to channel Howard Deen--not cool Joe-–"Hype and Blame"-–priceless

    July 4, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
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