Republican Mitt Romney showed off his 'love for teachers' during the final debate of the 2012 Presidential elections on foreign policy that took place on Monday night. , The debate, which was to be focused on Foreign policy entirely went off track and shifted towards teachers and the country's education system.
"I love teachers," Mitt said over and over again during a vigorous exchange with President Barack Obama during the third presidential debate but he also mentioned that he doesn't think the federal government should pay to hire teachers.
National Education association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers union, was offended by Romney’s comment and reacted to his statement by creating a fake ‘love letter’ for him. The graphic titled “My Funny Valentine” represents several thought bubbles around Romney’s pictures in hearts is shared extensively by NEA to reporters and is also present on its blog.
"Mitt Romney has a strange way of showing 'love'", the letter reads.
Thought bubbles around Romney's picture in the letter, emphasize on his contradictory comments on education. In one bubble it is mentioned, "I love teachers!" while in the other Romney’s June quote is mentioned: "We don't need more teachers."
"The effort to reduce classroom size may actually hurt education more than it helps," another bubble said, quoting Romney in 2010.
NEA spokeswoman Sara Robertson informed that this letter is part of the union's 'get-out-the-vote' efforts, which have so far 481,000 members to work on initiatives like phone banks, canvassing and voter registration.
Obama himself followed up on Romney's declaration of educational ardor the next day of the final debate at a Delray Beach, Fla., event, "If you talk about how much you love teachers during a debate but said just a few weeks ago that we shouldn’t hire anymore because they won’t grow the economy, what do you have?"
"Hiring schoolteachers is not going to raise the growth of the U.S. economy over the next three-to-four years”, Romney had said just a few weeks earlier.
"Mitt Romney's form of love reminds me of being on the schoolyard as a kid. The only way you knew whether or not someone liked you was if they pulled your hair or made fun of you in front of their friends," NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said.
Mitt Romney said during Monday’s exchange:
“I love teachers, and I'm happy to have states and communities that want to hire teachers do that. By the way, I don't like to have the federal government start pushing its weight deeper and deeper into our schools. Let the states and localities do that. I was a governor. The federal government didn't hire our teachers. ... But I love teachers. But I want to get our private sector growing, and I know how to do it”. Debate moderator BobSchieffer replied to him by saying, “I think we all love teachers.”
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