President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is releasing a two-state ad that targets Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's stance on public education.
Titled "Children," the ad will air in Virginia and Ohio - on Thursday, shortly after Obama criticized Romney's education policies while visiting the Buckeye State.
The ad accuses Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan of intending to "gut investments in education by 20 percent and risk as many as 65,000 educators' jobs to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires," according to an Obama for America press release.
The ad also criticizes Romney's stance on class sizes, using his own words from past media interviews that class sizes are irrelevant to education. The ad specifically targets Ryan, claiming the Wisconsin congressman's proposals would cut education budgets by 20 percent.
Romney in the past has proposed education policies that champion school choice and has said that class sizes in schools - based on his own experience as Massachusetts governor - seem to matter little. But the Obama ad also includes parents of children who say class size does matter in the quality of their child's education.
Press materials included with the ad say Obama has called for funding for 325,000 more teachers and has already provided temporary funding for 400,000.
He has also pushed efforts to reform the nation's student loan program by ending taxpayer subsidies to the banks that process the loans, according to the campaign.
by RTT Staff Writer
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