Romney's education plans target of new Obama ad
August 22nd, 2012
04:49 PM ET

Romney's education plans target of new Obama ad

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's stance on class sizes in public schools came under fire Wednesday from President Barack Obama's campaign, which released a television spot featuring parents who say their children benefit from lower student-to-teacher ratios.

The ad, called "Children," will air in Ohio and Virginia on Thursday, the campaign said. Those states are key battlegrounds where Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman running as Romney's vice presidential pick, has campaigned this week.

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  1. DRAKE MALLARD

    the College degree scam

    The Education Complex has created this stigma that somehow you are lacking if you don't have a college degree. If everyone has a college degree, then by definition that degree is devalued and not worth the paper it is written on. This is evident by the fact the many organizations are requiring a master degree to be eligible for management.
    I find this offensive. It is obviously in their own self interest to perpetuate this myth.Now that everyone believes this myth, they tell you that if you take out a $50,000 easy government loan and be a slave to the payments for the rest of your life you will have a good job and be fulfilled.Right, while you end up living with your parents because you can't find a job. If you were poor you are now poor and in debt up to your neck. Many will be in debt for most of their lives with no value from their worthless degree

    a college degree does not guarantee a job

    August 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Nor, does a college degree help if you are not wise with your finances. Even the smart guys do dumb things.
      However, if you want to specialize in a career whether it's a rocket scientist, a doctor, an engineer for bridge builders and highway systems to airplanes, a teacher, a pharmacist, an accountant, airline pilot, even an officer in our military YOU MUST HAVE A DEGREE.
      Some people are successful without a degree but, they aren't working for the big industries. Although, you still can have the smarts to be an inventor and sell your ideas to the big industries or smart enough to take a skill you have and create a business. There are still ways to honorably make a living if you are uneducated but generally it is tied to low wages.
      Cuts in education help NOBODY without the REFORMS to find waste and better ways to conduct education AND ways to keep people learning even as adults. We are failing to recognize the importance of our children's future tied to our country's successes AND our country's successes tied to our children's future.

      August 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
      • Howard

        OH B.S. ... ACADEMIA HAS BECOME SELF-SERVING, WITH IT'S CONSTANT DEMAND FOR PENSIONS AND PAY RAISES, BASED ON TENURE, AS OPPOSED TO MERIT. STUDENTS HAVE BECOME INCIDENTAL VICTIMS IN THE TEACHER'S AND UNION'S STAMPEDE TOWARDS POWER AND FINANCIAL GAIN. IN ADDITION, THE CURRICULUMS HAVE VERY LITTLE TO DO WITH PRODUCTIVITY, BUILDING BUSINESSES, OR CREATING JOBS. THIS IS ALL JUST A PLOY FOR CONTROLLING WEA.TH, POWER, AND THE MINDS OF SUPPORTERS. EVERYTHING OBAMA DOES IS BASED ON DECEPTION, AND BLAME, IN ORDER TO HOLD ONTO POWER.

        August 23, 2012 at 12:58 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        So REFORMING education to cut waste is a ploy to give money to others who are the targets of the REFORMS. Howard Latina/diana's reading comphrehension matches that of a leaky air matteras.

        August 23, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • Fiscal2020

      Get a college in science or engineering and it will pay off, if only by making friends in college so you can band together and invent a new product. You will get a job with high grades in science or engineering.

      The problem isn't college. The problem is what people take. Your talk of master's degrees (MBAs) and jobs is a farce.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:19 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        You are right about the things you study as being important. Look how many kids went into Financial Business Studies to get a high-flying job on Wall Street or some sleazy hedge-fund to make big bucks and treat the industry like their own personal board game of Monopoly. The Business Schools were cranking them out like sardines packed into cans. When the economy hit the skids all those degrees and the money wasted to get them left quite a few missing the boat of being Mitt Romney. And, earned them the ridicule of the nation.

        August 23, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • ReaiityBites

      The problem with public schools and colleges is that they are more interested in teaching social studies than math and science.

      I can already see it happening to my 3rd grader.
      She hasn't quite grasped adding and subtracting yet but she definitely knows Jimmy Carter was a great president.
      Eyes rolling..

      August 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        So you think being dumb about the workings of her own government is going to help her as a voter or, a contributing citizen of this nation? Or, not knowing the history of our nation and then trying to navigate the future?? Social Studies are the studies of the American people. Our trials, tribulations and victories. How we developed industries, technologies, fought wars, endured depressions. My guess, is you don't want her to hear any alternative opinions – only yours. Openness is the best parenting. To deny other views, proven social sciences is to delude only yourself. Unless you plan to keep her locked away in her room. She will grow up and learn about her country whether you like it or not. – Geesh, that's a kid for you.

        August 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  2. Willis

    Borrow money from your Parents, Mitt you are a stupid, stupid man. 90 % of Parents dont have it to give. You be way outa touch with average Americans. & as far as not wanting to show those non millionaire Peasants your returns,. You are truely a POS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Howard

      MORE RUMOR MONGERING FROM THE OBAMA STOOGES. AGAIN, SINCE OBAMA HAS NO RECORD TO RUN ON, HE, AND THE THUGS WHO SUPPORT HIM, STOOP TO WILD ACCUSATIONS AND BASE INSULTS.
      DON'T FALL FOR THE OBAMA B.S. ... SAVE AMERICA ... ELECT ROMNEY & RYAN IN NOVEMBER !!!

      August 23, 2012 at 12:44 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        YOUR GUY IS GOING DOWN – sinking lower and lower and lower and lower EVERYDAY. The Mittster Monster has NO PLANS but to give the rich all the money they want. Just ask him to explain what he'll do for you. HE WON"T ANSWER cause he ain't got no plans for you.

        August 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Lizzie

      He also said shop around, start at junior college in your area, you can live at home and parents CAN help with school expenses, but NO, where would be the bragging rights be, my daughter or my Son go to that or that school. Student loans will always be available just like car or house loans, but maybe you should get a degree that is needed in the industrial world, you not just one in basket weaving.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:37 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        And, maybe the Republican Congress should not have tried to block lower student loan rates, voting to KEEP the BANKS as the MIDDLEMEN making tons of dough on the interest free money the Gov.'t gave them to turn around and loan WITH INTEREST the money they made off the students.
        Stop being a shill for Wall Street and help our gov't get out of the scam created to give those guys unearned revenue given with taxpayer funds and a tidy source of income from interest charged on student loans.

        August 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
  3. BlkPwr817

    Doing away with funding for public schools in America will only help Romney's tax's get even lower. I'm sure he's ALL up for that...

    August 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Wanna sell Health Insurance across State Lines?

      BIG AA--RP and
      BIG PROGRES--SIVE INSURANCE and
      BIG lefty American -- Medicals Association (etc.)
      Will contribute to the BIG GUBMENT
      and WIPE OUT
      ALL COMPETITION for
      CHEAPER
      INSURANCE and Healthcare
      for the Poor Folks!

      Go Figure!

      August 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Lizzie

      No one has done away with school funding, Pres.Obama says MAYBE, COULD, but does HE not tell us that HE does not make policy but congress.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:26 am |
  4. Willis

    I King Tabby Nackle Bishop Romney think Yall Parents have 40 or 50 thou layin round to loan the kids for College. Mr personality, you are from another Planet. & yes we non millionaire Peasants demand your returns for 10 years or you will lose SEVERLY.

    August 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Can I say,,,,

      and WIPE OUT
      ALL COMs PETITION for
      CHEAPs ER
      IN SURe ANCE and Healthy care

      August 22, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  5. NObama 2012

    obama going after the teacher votes... what exactly has he done for education since he came to office except lower standards and spend more money?

    August 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Howard

      OF COURSE, THIS IS JUST ANOTHER OBAMA SHAM. OBAMA'S M.O. IS TO DEMONIZE AND PANDER. HE WILL DO ANYTHING TO HOLD ONTO POWER, AND HE NEEDS THE TEACHER'S UNIONS AND FALSE OUTRAGE TO ACHIEVE HIS GOALS. YESTERDAY IT WAS A TRUMPED UP CHAMPION OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS ... TODAY, IT'S USING AND EXPLOITING CHILDREN, BY TWISTING A WORD, OR PHRASE USED BY HIS OPPONENT. AND, AS YOU CAN SEE, BY THE FOOLS POSTING HERE, THERE IS AN ENDLESS SUPPLY OF OBAMA STOOGES, WHO CAN BE WHIPPED UP INTO A LYNCH MOB FOR THIS SHAMELESS CHARLATAN.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:51 am |
  6. 1FreeWorld

    Can I say Poor Folks here?

    August 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
  7. 1FreeWorld

    Can I say,,,,

    and WIPE OUT
    ALL COMPETITION for
    CHEAPER
    INSURANCE and Healthcare
    for the Poor Folks!

    Go Figure!

    August 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  8. Jay in NC

    Romney's plan emphasizes school choice. It is a local issue. Obama can think what he wants but it does not matter. Romney knows that this is a local issue, that schools should decide for them selfs what is best.

    August 23, 2012 at 3:11 am |
  9. Frank Marshall Davis

    Ever since the Department of Education was created school performance has went downhill despite all the money they've received. Obama just wants to throw them more cash and hope for the best. A restructuring is what's needed but the union will never go for that.

    August 23, 2012 at 5:17 am |
  10. Sue

    Fuk Obama

    August 23, 2012 at 6:36 am |
    • Steveo

      Not cool, Sue! You can do better than this

      August 23, 2012 at 9:07 am |
      • 1FreeWorld

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoDlJkyDJMk&w=640&h=390]

        August 23, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  11. Larry

    What a bunch of posts missing any hint of intelligence – education needs work for sure. Thanks for your contribution Sue. Don't blame Democrats for the problems in Education because the Repubs have dirty hands as well. Bring up the subject of school consolidation and see how many Repubs scream they don't want their kids in the same schools with everyone else – no way. That is where the huge costs are buried.

    August 23, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      Obama won't consolidate either, it might mean less teachers which means less union money. The real problem is lack of discipline at home. I don't know about your parents but mine wouldn't accept excuses when it came to school work, no matter how much I complained.

      August 23, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • Lizzie

      Is that why immediatly after moving to Washington he made sure the vouchers in DC are no longer used, so his daughters don't have to go to school with poor folks kids.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:29 am |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The Federal Government has no business in Education. That is a State-Local issue. Lot's of people go to College and get a Degree. Then they go out in the World and get an Education. Obama is now, uh, getting his Education, at your expense.

    August 23, 2012 at 9:24 am |
  13. Jamie

    Mr. Romney, it takes honesty and integrity to be the President of the United States of America. Your peers and constituents have repeatedly requested certain tax documents to which you have repeatedly refused to produce. All americans know you are hiding something. You sir do not have the honesty and integrity to be the President of the United States of America.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  14. The Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    You will need it when your health care money runs out.

    August 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  15. Jersey Bill

    Obama education plan: just keep giving more money to the thugs in the corrupt teachers' unions.

    August 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
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