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Santorum believes college is not for everyone

Former Pennsylvania senator/Republican candidate Rick Santorum has caught many people’s attention with his outlandish views on social issues over the last few months. His most recent attack was towards President Barack Obama’s advocacy for higher education for all.

 

“President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college,” said Santorum, at a campaign event in Troy, Michigan on Saturday. “What a snob.”

 

This is coming from a man who has not one or two degrees, but three degrees. According to CNN, 41 percent of voters in Michigan who never attended college supported Santorum, as well as 38 percent of voters in MI who attended some college. After seeing those numbers and speaking with various students on Radford University’s campus, it was obvious that Santorum’s statements are not going to win him many votes from college students.

 

RU junior Christina Williams said, “I don’t agree with his opinion but I can see who he’s trying to appeal to.”

 

Williams, a full-time student, said that Santorum is trying to reach out to the older generation that didn’t have the opportunity to attend college. She believes he is trying to be the complete opposite of what Obama stands for because he will get the votes of those who are against Obama.

 

Santorum claimed that Obama’s promotion of higher education was the president’s attempt to “remake you in his [Obama’s] image.” The Republican candidate said that he wants to create jobs so that people’s children can be remade into their image and not Obama’s.

 

RU sophomore Thomy Owens said, “ I think everyone should go to college…we shouldn’t rely on jobs being made for us.”

 

In relation to everyone receiving a college education, Santorum made a harsh claim on January 25 where he said, “…62 percent of children who enter college with a faith conviction leave without it.” His representatives have yet to prove this claim true.

 

Santorum is using his power from his position to scare voters into believing that Obama backing higher education for his benefit rather than the benefit of the people.

 

RU’s Assistant Director of Student Activities John Leonard said, “I think that the understanding of the college experience is being misjudged. He’s implying that colleges are brainwashing students rather than providing the self-discovery that most students experience.”

 

As Michigan voting came to a close, Santorum’s speech didn’t win over enough of the college-opposing voters. He lost the Republican vote to Romney but according to the Los Angeles Times, he believes his won a moral victory with Michigan voters.

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