Santorum Slams Obama Snobbery on Education

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum slammed President Barack Obama’s education goals while speaking at a forum at St. Anselm’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics Saturday.

The former Pennsylvania senator lambasted the Obama Administration, describing that he was “outraged” when hearing President Obama say that he believes “every child in America should go to college.”

“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, using your hands, using your mind,” said Santorum Saturday.

“This is the kind of snobbery that we see from those that think they know how to run our lives. Rise up America, defend your own freedoms.”

CNN video of Santorum’s heated remarks:

CBS News notes that the statement is part of a ongoing message that Santorum has made about inequality. At the event in Manchester, CBS reports that Santorum noted he wanted to created an economy that helps those left behind:

“We create private sector jobs by helping the private sector be successful…putting someone directly in someone’s pocket is not going to create manufacturing jobs. That isn’t going to make the local steel manufacturer or fabricator more competitive,” Santorum said in response to a question from National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier.

CNN reports that Santorum believes the federal government should have a “very limited” role in education, advocating for “flexible and personalized approaches to education for each child to best maximize their potential.”