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Heard: Santorum Calls Obama “A Snob” For Wanting Americans To Attend College

Felicia Sonmez of The Washington Post reported that former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., accused President Obama of being a “snob” because he wants “everybody in America to go to college.” The remarks came, perhaps unsurprisingly, at Santorum’s speech to a tea party group in Michigan on Saturday. Sonmez points out that, “The statement is a curious one considering that Santorum — who holds a B.A., M.B.A. and J.D. — holds more advanced degrees than Obama, who has a B.A. and a J.D.” Talking Points Memo reports that Santorum’s campaign website, in 2006, stated his commitment to making “higher education more accessible and affordable.”
The Post reports:

“Not all folks are gifted in the same way,” Santorum told a crowd of more than 1,000 activists at the Americans for Prosperity forum in Troy, Mich. “Some people have incredible gifts with their hands. Some people have incredible gifts and … want to work out there making things. President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.” As the crowd applauded, Santorum continued. “There are good decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them,” he said. “Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his.”

For the record, Santorum graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in 1980, then earned an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981. In 1986, he earned a J.D. from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. Obama attended Occidental College, then transferred to Columbia University, where he earned a B.A. in 1983. He later graduated from Harvard Law School with a J.D. in 1991. But Santorum and other Republican are trying to go “Palin” on the right-wing base of the Republican party. As the Post reports:

The statement from Santorum comes as the candidate is targeting working-class voters in his bid to blunt former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s (R) momentum in Tuesday’s key primary states of Arizona and Michigan. Santorum frequently blasts “elites” on the trail, and has brought his campaign not to meetings of business executives, as Romney has done, but to small, working-class towns, such as the former steel-mill town of Steubenville, Ohio.

Via The Washington Post

 



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