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UPDATED: Santorum on college for all

UPDATED: Santorum on college for all

UPDATE 2/28/12:

Santorum has returned to this territory in the last few days, taking heat from numerous sources after calling Obama a snob for his goal of increasing U.S. college completion rates. The NYT’s Caucus Blog notes that he’s expanded on his assertion that college for all is an ‘elitist’ notion.

“This is not a neutral setting,” Mr. Santorum said of college campuses. “We have some real problems at our college campuses with political correctness, with an ideology that is forced upon people who, you know, who may not agree with the politically correct left doctrine.”

He added: “And one of the things that I’ve spoken out on — and will continue to speak out — is to make sure that conservative and more mainstream, common-sense conservative principles that have made this country great are reflected in our college courses and with college professors. And at many, many, and I would argue most institutions in this country, that simply isn’t the case.”

The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson says Santorum is not what he seems:

Beneath that sweater vest beats the heart of a calculating and increasingly desperate politician who has gone beyond pandering all the way to shameless demagoguery.

For argument’s sake, let’s say Santorum is able to bang this drum well into primary season – is this a smart line of attack?

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The New York Times’ Campaign Stops blog posted this item yesterday about an ‘anti-college rant’ from Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. It includes the video below:

Put aside for a moment any feelings you may have about Santorum as a political figure, a candidate or a person, and strip away the ‘defend your freedoms’ bluster — does he have a point? Or is this all election year sound and fury, signifying nothing? Is it fair to extrapolate from this 17-second clip, as Charles Blow does in his blog, that Santorum was referring to *all* post-secondary education? 

Finally — and this is sort of beside the point, but humor me — does this really meet the standard of a ‘rant’?


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