ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:
TROY, Mich. — At a campaign event in this Detroit suburb on Saturday, Rick Santorum called President Obama a “snob” for wanting all Americans to go to college.
But according to an archived page of Rick Santorum’s 2006 Senate campaign website, Santorum said he was “committed to ensuring the every Pennsylvanian has access to higher education.”
It’s also unclear exactly what comments of Obama’s Santorum was referring to.
Obama has said that “higher education cannot be a luxury; it is an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.” And according to the White House, the president wants “every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training.”
ABC has reached out to the Santorum campaign for clarification.
At an Americans For Prosperity forum in Troy on Saturday, Santorum was making the pitch that he is the best candidate for working-class Americans and noting the importance of reviving the country’s manufacturing sector, as he often does.
He began his “snob” riff by saying: “Not all folks are gifted in the same way,” he said.
“President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob!” Santorum said to loud applause. “There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor.”
Santorum said Obama doesn’t just want Americans to go to college, “he wants to remake you into his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image not his.”
Saturday was also not the first time Santorum has accused the president of “snobbery” on the issue of higher education. He did so as far back as January.