Obama to talk education in Columbus, Ohio
August 21st, 2012
11:07 AM ET
10 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. Steve- Illinois

    A college education for everyone would be great........as lonfg as their is a job available upon graduation. How's that working out for todays grads? This election is about the economy! Everything else is just blowing smoke. No jobs, no money, no entitlements. It really is that simple.

    August 21, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Ed1

    Always playing the race card Mikey our system doesn't work our children want everything given to them without having to work for it.

    Stop giving everything away 49% of the people don't pay taxed and 35% are on some type of welfare starting to look more like Greece and Spain everyday.

    The middle class pay about 9% of the taxes and about 85% of the rich pay the rest look it up and you will see facts are facts.

    Keep taxing the rich and see what happens to the economy they will take their businesses to another country.

    August 21, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Here-we-Go-again

    Eliminate teacher unions or department of education. Stop paying twice for the same service. Government waste running a muck.

    August 21, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "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."

    Quite simply wrong. Due are pushed through paychecks and are taken out of the members' salaries/wages. There is no...NONE, ZERO, ZILCH, NADA...direct payment of taxpayer money to unions the way you are trying to claim. You are either grossly misinformed OR trying to grossly misinform others. Choose.

    August 21, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    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?
    Who said anything about that? But just throwing money at a problem doesn't mean you are committed to it or that you are going to solve it. This is something that frustrates me about the Obama Administration. Commitment to every problem seems to be measured by how much money they throw at it. 3 1/2 years down the road now we have thrown a lot of money at stuff but have solved very few problems. Now the money itself is becoming our greatest problem. We can do better. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    August 21, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. ghostriter

    Unemployment for those with a degree is 4%. Sorry, it's not the only game in town, but it's a helluva lot better than not having one.

    Sorry republicans. Your stances are losing more and more folks everyday.

    August 21, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Mr. Tibbs

    steve, the unemployment rate for 4-year college grads is 4.5%, well below the national average. even among recent graduates it's only 6.8%, also lower than the national average. a college degree greatly helps employment chances and earning potential

    August 21, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He said "the best thing I can do for you is to tell you to shop around."

    Too bad the GOP didn't take Mr. Mittens advice and do a bit more shopping around themselves prior to the Republican Primary caucuses.

    August 21, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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