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. Jon

    I would like to see the footage of Romney assaulting a teacher ... come-on Joe ... quit trying to sensationalize

    July 3, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. California Gary

    Mitt will have a job waiting for will pay minimum wage and will have no benefits. You see, it's people like those darned teachers asking for decent wages and benefits that are ruining this just let people like Mitt and his buddy Walker in Wisconsin take over and everything will be just fine. They will have you all working for peanuts, while they and their rich buddies clean up. That's what America is all about.......isn't it?

    July 3, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Hit Romney hard and hit him low VP Biden and give him a final knockout punch for all the teachers and firefighters, they deserve respect because they won't get it from Romney and the GOP.

    July 3, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Don't worry. Have no fear. Vouchers will make sure your chldren learn the the fact that the Loch Ness monster si real and a modern day dinosaur, so you can ignore all that crazy science stuff and believe that creationsim is correct and that man and dinosaurs both existed at the same time. Just ask Booby Jingle...his state's voucher program is planning on sending 150 or so children to a school that will teach precisely that. And don't worry...when they've killed the public school system'll finally be able to pick your child's educators, FROM A SHORT LIST OF SCHOOLS THAT HAVE IDEOLOGICAL LEANINGS THE STATE'S CONTROLLING PARTY HAS HAND SELECTED IN HOPES IT RAISES MORE ADHERENTS TO THEIR PARTICULAR PARTISAN PHILOSOPHY. You want indoctrination? THAT is what the voucher programs are designed to do and I don't care which party we're talking about. But the reality is, it's the GOP pushing it most right now because they're sick of the public school system teaching their children about history and science and other subjects that hurt the conservatives' recruitment efforts when people grow up learning objective facts about things like separation of church and state or evolution or hey, check it out, math and it's not fuzzy. Instead of people accountable to the voters for their curriculum decisions, the GOP wants boards of ideololgues hand-selected by their eecutive or the party controlling the state legislature...and those boards will be acting as death panels for things like the separation of church and state, evolution, sex education, the promotion of multicultural awareness, etc. And the limits of America's "greatness" will thereby finally be defined, followed by a society that slowly grows less educated and more insular and fearful and angry at the rest of the world for not being exactly the way we want it....unchanging and ours to control.

    July 3, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Donna

    And yet under the current administration, teachers jobs are being lost along with many school closing due to the financial stress. I use to have respect for Biden, but I see now he is just another politician who will say what is needed to win.

    July 3, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Drew

    Wow!! Amanda really jobs aren't created by the President. They are created, in large part, by Congress. President Obama has submitted more than a few proposals to bring jobs back but the Tea Party-Republican and conservative Congress has blocked and knocked down every effort. How can you criticize the President for jobs. BTW the economy is doing really well, that is corporations are making money. They are the job creators and after several years of historically low tax rates where are the jobs? The 2010 Congress ran on job creation where are the jobs? It is simple, at the expense of the American middle class this house has purposely blocked all opportunities to put our President in a bad light. In November the American people won't forget their tratorous acts!

    July 3, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. dave

    So Romney, what, specifically, is your plan. I hear a lot of talk, but it is just that, talk. No substance, no definitive plan. Just accuastions against the President and generalizations of what you would do. No real plan, just more talking points, which is all Republicans have. I was a Republican for 40 years. I no longer can indentify with them. I am Independent.

    July 3, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. Chief1719

    And this "ain't my fathers country" vice president Biden. People used to earn their place in society.

    July 3, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |

    Still no facts or plan from the romney the clown campaign ,just empty words and no facts .

    July 3, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. mrkidd

    Ask anybody that was a teacher while Romney was governor of MA. Romney has absolutely no respect for the profession.

    July 3, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Kev

    Biden Please why you talk with a fork tongue? Can you tell me that? You of your integrity is out right ignornant.

    July 3, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Serf

    Biden ... Biden ... Biden ...
    If growing a nose like Pinocchio was real, Biden would be tripping over his. Oh wait, what is he tripping over. Oh yeah, his Obama fixation.

    July 3, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Dante666

    The people under full assault is Smokin Joe and his partner Obama. However, give that the teacher's union is the largest in the land – I can see why he stokes them up. Need those votes don't you Joe – things aren't as easy as they were a mere six months ago. You might be a one termer too.

    July 3, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. Dante666

    Just an additional comment – Education is probably the single most important priority in this country. What we know for sure is that public education isn't doing it. So using some of the tax monies for charter and private school seems to make sense. If you can't fix the current system – it is time to try a new one.

    July 3, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. lovemovement

    Has anyone thought of the children that allowing states to use Title 1 would effect? What exactly is suppose to happen to those students?

    July 3, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. A not-so-stupid former republican

    What is Romney's plan? Has he ever published it or is it just a figment of his imagination or which flip is he in now? It this another etch-a-sketch moment?

    July 3, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    Face it, the right-wing hates smart people, and intelligence in general. That's why their party and all who support them have a collective IQ in the double digits (maybe single digits).

    July 3, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. Larry in Houston

    LOL – – – If you think they are under a "full blown assault" – – come down to Texas – – You will see "full blown assault" in reality. LOL – – under the "Perry" regime, and his republican legislature, and what not, they would love to have more kids here in texas that are high school drop outs. Why ? because the republican businesses would rather have the drop outs work for them, (so they can continue to pay them minimum wage) than to have the illegals work for them, for fear of – one of these days the Illegals may not have a Job to go to, or they may have to GO, (back)( if you know what I mean)
    Vote – Democrat – 2012 (for the middle class working people)

    July 3, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. Dave, Central Illinois

    Crazy old Uncle Joe at it again. With Willis in the Whitehouse and Uncle Joe not far behind it's like bad shows from the past reruns. Get the bums out in November!

    July 3, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. sithlord1

    Biden is not very smart. Why are doctors and teachers moving to "Red" states then? In Wa. State "Blue" which is ran by a liberal governor, is constantly laying off teachers and cutting the education budget. Thanks to dumb liberals like Senator patty Murray.

    July 3, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. Carlos

    "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."

    Really? He puts students first by increasing classroom size, laying off teachers, telling them to get education they can afford rather than deserve, cutting grant money all the while cutting taxes to the upper 1%. If students can't get enough education to fill those jobs, what good is having jobs that can't be filled by good qualified applicants? An even more reason to send to send jobs overseas to be filled by countries that do put education first. I don't call that putting our students first.

    July 3, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  22. 4merRepubCT werry, werry quiet.....Romney's plan is a secret.

    July 3, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  23. John

    GOP new war is on Students and Teachers. GOP are unfit to lead....

    July 3, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. CRAIG

    Romney really doesn't know what he's saying, he opens his mouth and stuff comes out.

    July 3, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. Larry L

    The voucher concept is a thinly-veiled attempt to spend tax money on church schools. Private schools do not and can not open their doors to children of every ability, religion, language, ethnic and socioeconomic level. If they did their test scores would reflect the challenges faced by public institutions. Children from the ghetto can't even get to those schools if they were allowed to attend. Public schools are a treasured American institution and we'd be absolute fools to allow the Teavangelical right-wing to steal them from our people. Romney's kids attended private schools just like their daddy – the spoiled preppy.

    July 3, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
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