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Rick Santorum Says College Isn’t For Everyone

Sen. Rick Santorum campaigns at a GOP gala in Nashua, N.H. (WBUR/Dominick Reuter)

Sen. Rick Santorum campaigns at a GOP gala in Nashua, N.H. (WBUR/Dominick Reuter)

Former Sen. Rick Santorum spoke at a St. Anselm College event on the economy and the election when he accused President Obama of “hubris” and “snobbery” for suggesting all American kids should attend college.

“I was so outraged at the President of the United States standing up and saying ‘Every child in America should go to college.’ Well, who are you? Who are you to say that ‘every child in America go’? I mean, the hubris of this president to think that he knows what’s best for you. I have seven kids. Maybe they’ll all go to college. But if one of my kids wants to go and be an auto mechanic, good for him. That’s a good paying job. Use your hands, use your mind.

This is the kind of snobbery that we see from those who think they know how to run our lives.

Rise up America. Defend your own freedoms. And overthrow these folks who think they know how to orchestrate every aspect of your life.”

This wasn’t the only time Santorum talked about Washington elitists taking away everyone else’s freedoms, or waging “class warfare”. But the comment on college won him the biggest applause from the crowd. This type of rhetoric would probably go farther in a different venue. In other words, any place besides a college campus forum sponsored by The Atlantic Monthly and the National Journal.

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