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Midday Roundup: Romney Tackles U.S. Education Woes

by Newsteam Staff
May 24, 2012

Photo of the Day: The Air Force Academy graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado May 23, 2012 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).


The Romney campaign released a white paper proposing a major education system restructuring and is already touting support from Republican governors around the country, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney  in a Wednesday speech to Latino leaders, including recalculating funding formulas, especially for special needs and low-income students, to combat what he says is “a national education emergency” (LAT).

“With all of our economic troubles, there’s a temptation to put off the task of fixing our nations’ schools for another time. But the jobs and housing failures of these past few years only make that task more important,” he said in his speech. “[W]e are in the midst of a national education emergency. The only reason we don’t hear more about it is because our economic troubles have taken our national attention away from the classroom.”

President Barack Obama hinted at his foreign policy successes in a commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy Wednesday, noting that the class of 2012 is the first in nine years to graduate with no U.S. personnel fighting in Iraq and is the first class since Sept. 11 that can see a clear path to the end of fighting in Afghanistan.

Obama also gave a glimpse of future foreign policy attitudes, speaking of the 21st century as “another great American Century” because of the United States’ role in the world.

“I see an American Century because no other nation seeks the role that we play in global affairs, and no other nation can play the role that we play in global affairs,” he said. “As president, I’ve made it clear the United States does not fear the rise of peaceful, responsible emerging powers — we welcome them. Because when more nations step up and contribute to peace and security, that doesn’t undermine American power, it enhances it.”

Mitt Romney’s campaign released its second ad of the general election season, continuing its theme of what the first day of a Romney presidency might look like.

“Day One, Part Two,” says Romney will repeal “job-killing regulations” and make China “play by the rules” on trade. The ad is set to run in Iowa, North Carolina, Virginia, and Ohio (Politico).

Retired general and former secretary of state Colin Powell criticized Romney’s foreign-policy team and the advice they are giving their candidate as too far to the right for most of the country or even most of the Republican Party (MSNBC).

Powell said Romney’s team seems top-heavy with Bush-era neoconservatives — with whom he frequently clashed at Foggy Bottom — and that their recommendations are causing Romney problems with more mainstream Republican foreign policy thinkers.

His comments come after a much-discussed piece last week from the New York Times’ David Sanger, who reported sharp divisions among Romney’s team on issues such as Afghanistan.

Gallup editors evaluate ten key indicators that shed light on where the race for the presidency stands twenty-four weeks out from the election.

Gallup notes  that the economy is still dominating voters’ minds as the country’s most important problem and that most say Romney would do a better job handling the economy that President Obama. They also say that while the overall mood of the country is “not favorable for an incumbent seeking re-election,” President Obama’s job-approval rating falls in the range of prior re-elected presidents for May.

— Gayle S. Putrich, Contributing Editor

1 Comment

  • Posted by Prudence

    Romney’s ideas of vouchers are excellent. Unfortunately this article is more interest in Obama and the education Neaderthals who exist politically off union dies..

    Colin Powell? Who cares about this disengenuous arm chair fakef real who let Scooter Libby hang for a fraud he knowingly was committed by his own chief of staff, the despicable arm chair admiral Armitrage. These Pentagon
    political quangocrats stick together and kept their distance from real military action while they sucked up the promotion ladders.