A checklist for tonight’s debate — Will Romney continue his makeover?


by Félix Pérez

Pundits will score tonight’s presidential debate based on which candidate delivers the best zingers, who sighs the most, and who interrupts whom. Voters, on the other hand, want to see who has the best plan to restore the middle class, look out for the vulnerable and stand by children, students and public education.

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Following are some statements Mitt Romney has made that have raised questions.  Tonight, voters hope to learn whether Romney will stick to his positions or continue his general election transformation from “severely conservative” to moderate.

Reducing Class Size

“All the talk about ‘we need smaller classroom size’…that’s promoted by the teachers unions to hire more teachers.”

“The effort to reduce classroom size may actually hurt education more than it helps.”

Standing by the Elderly, Veterans, the Poor, College Students

“There are 47 percent of the people who . . . are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

“I’m not concerned about the very poor. . . You can focus on the very poor, that’s not my focus.”

College Affordability

“We’ve always encouraged young people — take a shot, go for it, take a risk and get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business.”

In response to a student who asked Romney what he would do to make college more affordable: “The best thing I can do for you is tell you to shop around.”

“Go to [a college] that has a little lower price where you can get a good education. And hopefully you’ll find that.”


“Promote school choice, with vouchers…”

“I happen to believe, I want the kids that are getting federal dollars from IDEA or Title I, I want them to be able to go to the school of their choice.”

Hiring Teachers

President Obama “says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

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