Obama ad focuses on education
October 19th, 2012
06:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama ad focuses on education

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's latest campaign ad criticizes his Republican challenger over the issue of education.

The Friday spot takes GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's comments from a newspaper editorial board earlier this month and a presidential debate last year, and contrasts those remarks with Obama's position.

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It quotes Romney with the Des Moines Register editorial board saying, "We all like school teachers. It's a wonderful thing.… But hiring school teachers is not going to raise the growth of the U.S. economy."

In contrast, the narrator says Obama "believes smaller class sizes and great teachers are a key to a stronger economy and a stronger middle class."

Romney's education plan, as outlined on his website, includes reforms to the No Child Left Behind education law, expanding options such as charter schools, and teacher recruitment efforts.

Romney's plan says Obama has "compounded" or ignored many issues with the nation's education system.

The Obama campaign says the ad will run in the battleground states of Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, Virginia, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin. Notably absent from the list are Florida and Ohio.

Earlier on Friday, the Obama campaign released an ad tailored for Ohio which touts Obama's bailout of the auto industry. Romney's campaign released a spot highlighting his bipartisanship.

The Obama campaign has not said how much it will spend to run the education ad.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Iamnotfooled

    He also said after Wisconsin win for Walker --"Did he not get the message that we do not need more teachers, police, and firefighters, we need smaller government."

    October 19, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Martha in CF

    If Romney gets in look out educators. Everything you worked for will be stripped from you. Our schools are hurting enough. We don't need this buffoon adding to it!!!

    October 19, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Facts don't Lie

    at the last debate Mitt Romney told a student he was in favor of Pell Grants, yet the Ryan budget would cut Pell grants up to a possible 60%. Is this another one of those things in the Ryan budget that the two might not agree upon, or will his campaign as usual come out and say he "didn't mean to say that"?

    October 19, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. Howard

    Thanks President Obama ... now we can have even MORE students graduate to YOUR world with no jobs !!!

    October 19, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Wake up People!

    Mr. President you know I love you, but you are going to have poor little Mittens ready for the rubber room come Tuesday morning, if you put the smackdown on him Monday night! Ads featuring his own words are like garlic to a vampire..... Get his lying behind Mr. President!!

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 19, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Pete

    Romney wants to get rid of Pell grants,raise college loan rates and cut back on teachers employement making it harder to teach children.Romney says who cares he has no children in school and they went to private schools anyway so it doesn't matter to him.He did similar policy cuts as governor of Massachusetts,just do some reading its appaling!!

    October 19, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Five sons all went to private schools , Five sons all avoided volunteering for the military .

    I can't wait for Romney's new fare tax .

    As for Education , wasn't Romney a bully in Prep School ?

    October 19, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. Willie Floyd

    If I'm not mistaken Romney said some months back that he would either eleminate the Dept. of Ed. or phase it into another agency. Also said class size doesn't matter-wonder how many teachers would as soon have 45 students in a class as 25?????

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 19, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F

    When people are educated, they are not too fond of the GOP. That is why the pubes want to make education only for the privileged class.

    October 19, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. PaulC

    As pres. you can never accuse Romney of not keeping his promises because he has made so many with a different promise for every group.
    If you liked the Bush disaster you're going to love the Romney ruins.

    October 19, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. Workers Unite

    Oh lets talk about those new Obama student loans. How the Obama administration cherry picked limited service banks and the majority of the interest is now being paid to the fed instad of a bank.

    October 19, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. Windwalker

    We seen Obama's education plans, more loans lower interest rates, but no tuition reductions. I now have a bunch of college friends running around with 3 times more debt and the low interest rates and bigger loans are not really helping.

    October 19, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  13. Allen

    Our citizenry is our greatest infrastructure... doing for our fellow citizens is the ultimate act of patriotism. We are only as strong as our weakest member.

    October 20, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  14. J.V.Hodgson

    The amount of money spent on ads by campaign s and Pacs of all kinds is insane.... these wealthy Unidentified people spending so much money have no idea how much it turns Mr and Mrs average off and they literally turn off, I know because I' m just one of many in my circle of friends, co- workers, and acquaintances that do the same.
    I have great Idea super pacs can advertise but what they can do in these difficult times is give endowments to local schools or state colleges to help keep education costs down and standards up..

    October 20, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  15. GI Joe

    Romney favors charter schools - parents will pay $6000 per year per child for K-12 education. Then have to find a way to fund college.

    No thanks. That runs the cost per child birth to high school graduation from $250 to $320 THOUSAND. How will you people on mimumum wage be able to educate your children??

    October 20, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |