At debate, Romney, Obama link education to economy

October 17, 2012

Original article in Education Week's Politics K-12 blog by Michele McNeil.

During their second duel of this campaign, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Tuesday night framed the issue of education as an economic one.

The first question at the town-hall style debate at Hofstra University, in Hempstead N.Y., came from a college student who asked what the candidates were going to do to make sure a good-paying job awaited him upon graduation.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, had a two-prong answer: Make it easier for students to afford college, and make sure there are good jobs once they graduate.

...Obama, for his part, said one of the keys to economic success is for "everybody to get a great education." He said he has worked hard to create more community college slots for worker retraining. He touted his administration's success in removing banks as the federal college loan middlemen, which he said has freed up money for Pell.

Obama also used the Pell topic to appeal to the much-coveted women's vote. "We've expanded Pell grants, including for millions of young women," he said.

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