IS JOE BIDEN CORRECT MITT ROMNEY IS ATTACKING THE EDUCATORS NOW? Biden’s lesson plan Tells teachers: Mitt scapegoats you for nation’s ed. woes
WASHINGTON — Vice President Biden yesterday accused Mitt Romney of carrying out a “full-blown assault” on educators, telling the nation’s largest teachers union that the Republican Party thinks they’re “selfish.”
The spirited defense of educators came as President Obama hopes to fire up working-class and union support in a bus tour that kicks off in Ohio right after the Fourth of July.
“There’s a pretty uniform view held by Mr. Romney and the Republicans in the majority in Congress today — they criticize and they blame you, they make you the fall guy,” Biden told the National Education Association’s annual convention in DC.
“They should be thinking of ways to make your job easier, not more difficult. Instead, they hector, they lecture, and they blame you,” he continued. “I can’t think of a candidate for president who’s ever made such a direct assault on such an honorable profession.
“They don’t understand why you chose to teach in the first place. Honest to God, I don’t think they get it,” he said, claiming that the Republican plan for public education “is to let the states use [federal] Title I dollars to boost enrollment in private schools.”
Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg hit back hard, saying Biden “doubled down on the same policies that have failed to fix our economy and help the middle class.”
“Instead of putting students first,” she continued, “Vice President Biden and this administration have stood with union bosses. Instead of creating good jobs for graduates, this administration has presided over one of the bleakest job markets for young people.”
Some NEA members have grumbled that Obama, who is spending an extended weekend at Camp David, didn’t attend yesterday’s conference, though Biden got plenty of applause during his remarks.
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