President Misses the Mark in Reno

President Barack Obama is accusing Mitt Romney of being blind to the burdens of paying for college, claiming his opponent’s education policies amount to nothing more than encouraging them to tap their parents for money or “shop around” for the best deal.

“This is his plan,” President Obama said during his recent campaign speech in Reno at Truckee Meadows Community College. “That’s his answer to a young person hoping to go to college — shop around and borrow more money from your parents if you have to. Not only is that not a good answer, it’s not even an answer,”

The president continues to try linking Romney’s education policies with the House Republican budget blueprint offered by Congressman Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate.  He claims Ryan’s budget proposal would cut $115 billion from the Education Department, costing 1 million college students their Pell Grants over the next decade.

Meanwhile, Nevada’s unemployment rate stands at 12 percent, the highest in the country and 3.7 percentage points higher than the national rate. In fact the state’s numbers for unemployment increased four-tenths of a percent in July.

Nevada also has the sixth worst foreclosure rate in the country, due in part to new laws forcing lenders to increase the processing and paperwork timeline, however, while touching on employment briefly, the president failed to mention the housing crisis at all in his Reno remarks.

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