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Etch A Sketch moment for Gov. Romney: campaign about ‘jobs and kids’ now

Candidate’s policies would actually hurt kids and working Americans

WASHINGTON - April 16, 2012 -

Mitt Romney is already hitting the reset button as he shifts from trying to win over conservative Republicans to a more centrist approach for the general election. Speaking at a private fundraiser this weekend, Romney said his campaign is about “jobs and kids” now. His proposed policies suggest that nothing could be farther from the truth.

“Mitt Romney’s campaign is ‘hitting the reset button’ for the general election, just as his campaign promised he would,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “He’s already shaking up his policies and trying to start over. Mitt Romney believes he can Etch A Sketch his way into the general election by proclaiming that his campaign is now about ‘jobs and kids.’ Unfortunately, his vision and policies don’t reflect what his words say.”

“Take his support for Rep. Ryan’s dream-killing budget, which Mitt Romney has firmly and fully embraced,” continued Van Roekel. “The Romney-Ryan budget is like a valentine to the richest one percent and a ‘Dear John’ letter to the rest of America. The Romney-Ryan budget would cause real pain to most working Americans. Just as a start, Romney supports a budget that would push 2 million kids out of Head Start and slash Pell Grants for more than 9 million students seeking a college education. Romney’s policies aren’t about jobs and kids—they’re about killing the American dream. America can and must do better than that.”

“More to the point, Romney’s comments about keeping the U.S. Department of Education to keep check on ‘teacher unions’ are offensive and totally unconstructive,” continued Van Roekel. “We need leaders who will work with everyone, who will bring us all together to do what’s best for our children and the future of our nation. It’s time Romney stopped playing politics with our kids’ schools,” concluded Van Roekel.

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