Obama and Romney tried to outline some differences on the role of federal government. Romney: “We know the path we are taking right now is not working.”
Obama says a difference between he and Romney is with education. ”Gov. Romney doesn’t think we need more teachers, I do.” Romney quickly rejected that assertion
Romney says education is primarily a state and local responsibility. But, he says, he appreciates Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s school reforms under Race to the Top. Obama says he believes the federal government “has a significant role to play.” This is where budgets matter, Obama says, because “budgets reflect choices.” Obama points to Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, proposing a budget in Congress that would trim Pell Grants and cut education by 20 percent, he said.
Romney however says he doesn’t plan to cut education funding. Does that mean he’s publicly rejecting his running mate’s budget?