Election 2012

Obama and Romney on the issues, in their own words

Class Sizes

  • “The effort to reduce classroom size may actually hurt education more than it helps.”—Mitt Romney, 2010
  • “As many as 280,000 education jobs are on the chopping block in the upcoming school year due to continued state budget constraints. These cuts could have a significant impact on children’s education, through the reduction of school days, increased class size, and the elimination of key classes and services.” —President Obama, 2011


Collective Bargaining

  • “You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to wonder whether collective bargaining in education hasn’t become something more like collusion…” – Dr. Martin West, advisor to Mitt Romney, 2006
  • “My friends in Ohio are fighting to defend crucial reforms that the state has put in place to limit the power of union bosses…I stand with John R. Kasich and Ohio’s leaders as they take on this important fight.” – Mitt Romney on Ohio Senate Bill 5, 2011
  • “Public employees should not be blamed for a financial crisis that they had nothing to do with,” and that he “strongly disapproves of new laws restricting public employee unions in Ohio.” – President Obama, 2011

No Child Left Behind

  • “I happen to be someone who supported No Child Left Behind. I thought it was important for us to finally start testing our kids…” – Mitt Romney, 2012
  • 2013 Budget calls for: “$14 billion one‐time strategic investment in key reform areas, including aligning education programs with workforce demands and increasing college affordability and quality.” – Barack Obama, FY 2013 Budget


  • “For those that come here illegally the idea of giving them in-state tuition credits or other special benefits I find to be the contrary to the idea of the nation of law…” – Mitt Romney, 2012
  • “…gives our science and technology sectors certainty that the young people who come here to earn their PhDs won’t be forced to leave and start new businesses in other countries.” – President Obama, 2012

For more quotes directly from the candidates, visit the EdVotes Resources page and check out “Just the Facts”

6 responses to “Obama and Romney on the issues, in their own words

  1. No one reading in this web site can really believe that Obama is the best man for the job of President!
    His words about helping education and taking the forced contributions of unions, his votes for partial-birth abortion and same sex marriage, the forced rules on religious institutions to fund contraception and abortion,and his very weak stance against terrorism and our enemies around the world-ALL MUST BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT FOR YOUR VOTE-NOT just a few benefits in education!
    My wife and I taught for a total of 88 years in Calif. schools-been there -done that!

  2. Choose the one who listens. Obama has the race to the top but his people do listen and adjust. Romney’s idea is to keep cutting public education until it is eliminated. People in Chicago know what it’s like to go 2 weeks without public education. However the fact that public education is first on the chopping block for Republicans is the main reason all Classroom Teachers should vote for Obama.

    1. The kids in Chicago went 2 weeks without education because of greed on the part of democrat based unions, let’s not forget that. If the teachers were more concerned with the children than themselves it wouldn’t have happened. Also don’t forget that it was Obama that sided with the Chicago mayor, his buddy, over the union.

      And it is one heck of a conspiracy theory to say Romney wants to eliminate public education. The nice part of being independent is I can look at the situation objectively. The GOP used to be the extreme ones, but Libs are making them look normal. I am going to vote based on black and white numbers, not propaganda. This stuff irritates most people and pushes us away from being open to your arguement for Obama. Just food for thought.

  3. Obama’s Race to the Top is a continuation of No Child Left Behind in rewarding schools with higher test scores. Most teachers are disappointed in his and Duncan’s lack of leadership in education.
    If you are going to compare, then really dig in and give true comparisons instead of a promotion of the democratic candidate. This is how NEA gets the reputation of a democratic party puppet.

  4. Those of us in Higher Education are concerned about the rising cost of college tuition: it is getting more difficult for our students to stay in school. The Ryan Budget would cut Pell Grants, which would make it difficult for many students to afford college. Working at a Community College, I see students juggling classes with several part time jobs, and some are trying to work full time. We need a skilled, educated workforce for a strong future. President Obama values teachers and education: he has my vote.

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