EUCLID, Ohio–Mitt Romney today suggested that the Obama administration is going to promise “a lot of free stuff” to college students who are “pulling back” and who are not as “enthusiastic as they were” about an Obama administration four years ago.
Asked by a medical student at Case Western Reserve what he would do about education financing so that more people can afford higher learning, Romney responded, “The answer is not to say let’s have the federal government give unlimited loans, no interest to everybody who wants them.”
“By the way, you’re going to hear that. In an effort to try to and reengage college students and graduate students to get involved in the Obama campaign, and they’re pulling back, obviously, they’re not as enthusiastic as they were,” said Romney, who took several questions during a town hall event here. “In an effort to try to get them engaged, he’s going to promise to give a lot of free stuff to them. And to say, I’ll pay for your education, or I’ll get rid of the loans.”
“I’m only guessing, but my expectation is that he’s going to find–as politicians do–promises of free stuff as a way to get people to vote for him,” Romney predicted of Obama’s campaign plans. “And we’ve heard that time and time again, but the country’s in balance. We can’t promise money we don’t have, and we should not borrow for promises from politicians.”
Romney suggested that he would find a way to make universities more competitive with one another to bring costs down, recalling that “there was a time when people by and large could pay for college with their summer job and for by working during the school year.”
Romney has previously said he supports an extension of the lower interest rate on subsidized student loans, which are set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.