I had the NBC Nightly news on tonight while doing some dishes, and I heard this in this background. I was sooo amazed by what I heard, I had to go back and get a replay.
Here is verbatim on what Santorum said to today.....
"President Obama wants everyone in America to go to college, what a snob (laughter in audience). I understand why he wants you to go to college, he wants to remake you in his image." --------- I try to understand different viewpoints, but when I hear this type of statement, I just can't understand what is coming out of him mouth. Is it all just to rile people up, talk the talk of his audience. And, he talks about dividing people. Or even scarier, does he believe that?
And, here is an excerpt from an article on CBS news (by Rebecca Kaplan and Matthey Shelley) regading an interview he just recently had with Glenn Beck.
On the president's efforts to boost college attendance, Santorum said, "I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, because of their indoctrination mills, absolutely ... The indoctrination that is going on at the university level is a harm to our country."
(I did hear that above sentence with with my own ears).
He claimed that "62 percent of kids who go into college with a faith commitment leave without it," but declined to cite a source for the figure. And he floated the idea of requiring universities that receive public funds have "intellectual diversity" on campus.
Criticized by his Republican rivals for supporting the Bush education law, which increased government-mandated testing in schools, Santorum has said he voted for it as "part of the (GOP) team." He told Beck that as president, "I'll be the team leader, not the team member."
I didn't hear all the clips from his conversation, so I didn't hear this part -- although I've heard him say similar things about home schooling. I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST ALARMING THINGS I'VE EVER HEARD --- based on this, do you think he would be a supporter of improving public ed ................................. A champion of home-schooling, Santorum also expanded on his vision of dramatically reduced involvement in public education by both the states and the federal government, although he was more exact about eliminating the present system than his plan for replacing it.
He said, "Education should be the parental responsibility and the local community should be the one to be working with the parents to make sure that children get the best educational in environment for each child in America. The federal government needs to get out of education. The state government by and large needs to get out of education, other than making sure there are sufficient resources, particularly in poorer neighborhoods, to be able to help (have) some sort of equality of education in America ... to have the resources to have the best customized education."
Santorum also defended his anti-abortion rights record after the Huffington Post website recently reported on a 1995 Philadelphia Magazine story in which Santorum said he "was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress."
"No I wasn't," Santorum told Beck, chuckling. "I was in Congress in the 1990s and I had a 100-percent voting record in the 1990s ... When I first ran for Congress I was kind of an agnostic. I was a single male and not really interested in the issue, didn't really care. I was Catholic, but I had never really taken a public position on it."
Though discussions with his future father-in-law, a medical geneticist, he said he solidified his views. "I walked out of that meeting and said, 'Well, just from a standpoint of reason, I've got to be pro-life.' It was 1988 I think, or 1989."