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What might Romney do with education funding?

Bob Kellogg   ( Tuesday, October 09, 2012

During the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney announced he would not cut education funding. However, one education analyst says that might not be entirely true.

At the same time he is promising to rein in federal spending, GOP presidential candidate Romney says he is not planning to cut education funding and grants. But Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute says there are bound to be some reductions.

McCluskey, Neal (Cato Institute)"[Like in] some redundant programs, you might see reduction in student loans -- so you'd see those kind of cuts, but I don't think you'd see any real substantive cuts, any real reductions in funding for Title I or IDEA or community schools," McCluskey indicates.

He says it is very hard to predict exactly what Romney would do if he were to become president.

"... I think it's very much on purpose that he doesn't give a whole lot of specifics because he doesn't want to become targeted ...," he remarks. "Invariably someone is receiving the money, and he doesn't want to be nailed down by any of them as being against education or healthcare or anything else."

Romney was also critical of the $90 billion President Obama spent on failed "green energy" projects. He said that amount of money could fund two million additional teachers.

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