Rick Santorum Criticizes Obama Over Education: “What a Snob!”

President Barack Obama emphasized the need for higher education for our youth during his last State of the Union address, saying“If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down. Higher education can’t be a luxury – it’s an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.”

Rick Santorum at recent debate

The former senator and Republican presidential nominee, Rick Santorum called President Obama “a snob” while speaking at the “Americans for Prosperity Presidential Forum”. Santorum stated “President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.”

Over the decades of the 20th century, higher education has been a cornerstone of American progress. For Mr. Santorum to use the word “Snob” in referring to our president, simply because he called for a higher education for our future generations is over the top. The president wasn’t just referring to only a 4 year college degree but also trade schools and community college that would prepare our youth for highly skilled jobs.

In defending his call for education against Santorum’s insult, Obama said “I have to make a point here. When I speak about higher education, we’re not just talking about a four-year degree,” he said. “We’re talking about somebody going to a community college and getting trained for that manufacturing job.”

“We all want Americans getting those jobs of the future, so we’re going to have to make sure that they’re getting the education that they need,”

What’s interesting here is that Rick Santorum went to college himself and on his very own website it says “he is equally committed to ensuring the every Pennsylvanian has access to higher education” and “has supported legislative solutions that provide loans, grants, and tax incentives to make higher education more accessible and affordable.”

I think this is just another piece of rhetoric that Mr. Santorum is using to insult President Obama. The very idea that Rick Santorum has a problem with Obama seeking to better our nation economically for future generations by encouraging higher education seems to say that it isn’t what President Obama wants to do, but that President Obama wants to do anything at all. Rick obviously has animosity toward our president as many of his supporters do.

I do know that if Rick Santorum wins the nomination and goes into a debate with President Obama, any strong animosity toward the man will show its ugly head and it won’t improve his chances. I don’t believe President Obama has the same animosity toward Mr. Santorum and he certainly hasn’t said anything to indicate that to be the case.

The Republican voters should think twice about making this man their nominee, even if they agree with him on many of the issues and believe he stands for their values, his consistent heated rhetoric is going to make it difficult for him to win the middle-of-the-road voters that he would need to win over to beat Obama in the fall.

Though former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney may not be the perfect candidate for the Republican nomination, he’s far from being as much of a firebrand as Santorum is and surely would be a better choice here.

But Republicans, go ahead and choose Rick Santorum for your nominee and then watch as he’s taken apart by President Obama in the general election debates over his extreme comments he’s made in the past over issues like contraception and even more recent comments concerning separation of church and state. We Democrats would be thrilled.

3 Responses to Rick Santorum Criticizes Obama Over Education: “What a Snob!”

  1. avatar minawest says:

    I find it really interesting that Santorum will attack something that he’s clearly been an advocate for in the past, just because it was proposed by President Obama. There’s a part of me that really wants him to win the party nomination just in the interests of schadenfreude.

    • avatar fidlerten says:

      I agree minawest. But this is been the way Republicans have been since Obama took the White House, things they were for and even the authors of, they’re now against because Obama became for it.

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