Cruz Takes On Common Core in NH

During an appearance in Barrington, NH, on March 15th, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was asked about Common Core. He has this to say: I think we should repeal every word of Common Core. Look, education is far too important to have it governed by unelected bureaucrats down in Washington. Education, I mentioned before in response to the first question, I’m a constitutionalist. Over and over again as questions come up, my touchstone is going to be: What does the Constitution of the United States say? If you look at the Tenth Amendment, or as President Obama calls it: the what?

Bush Speaks on Education Policy and Common Core in NH

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made his first New Hampshire appearance on March 13th. Bush participated in a round table discussion and was asked for his thoughts about the federal government’s role in education policy: You know, the federal government could play a role in the following way: The two big funding programs, I guess there’s three you could—Head Start’s not part of the Department of Education, but early learning, you know, the federal government has its own program. There should be flexibility if states have a better program to take the federal monies and expand these programs and expand

Perry Comments on Middle Class Wages

At the “Politics & Eggs” event in New Hampshire on March 12th, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry discussed wage stagnation: “The President may be satisfied with 2% economic growth. I’m not. For the first time in American history, a generation of leaders are on the verge of breaking the social compact, if you will, with the next generation. That is that we leave a better country for them, than what we found ourselves. Fewer of us believe in the American dream now than in the last twenty years. For middle class Americans, opportunity and security have been replaced by worry and anxiety. Out

Perry Talks Common Core in NH

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry appeared at the New England Council’s “Politics and Eggs” event in New Hampshire on March 12th. During the Q&A, Perry was asked about education policy: I’m pretty simple about the K-12 as a potential candidate for the United States. That needs to be left up to the States. I don’t think there is much of a role at all for the federal government. I think your governor, your legislature working with your school administrators, your teachers, and your parents—substantially better place for curriculum to be developed, then a one-size-fits-all out of Washington DC. If the Department

Santorum Talks Religious Liberty in Ohio

On March 10, Rick Santorum spoke at a church in West Chester on the importance of religious liberty. Before giving his speech, Santorum talked to the Cincinnati Enquirer, telling their reporter: I think one of the most important things we have to understand when it comes to our school system is our schools have to educate Americans as to our founding principles and what they’re based upon. We are a country that’s based on the founding principles of western civilization. Now does that mean we shouldn’t respect all people from different religions and different places in the world? Of course you have

Jindal Attacks Pro-Common Core Ads

On March 10th, Buzzfeed reported on a phone interview they conducted with Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: “I’ve heard the ads,” Jindal told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview from Iowa. “They can run all the ads they want telling us why they should have control of education… and that parents aren’t smart enough to know what’s best for their kids. They can do that. But I wouldn’t bet against the parents.” He added, “Clearly, the folks that are for Common Core have a lot of money. Good for them. I still put my money on the moms and dads.” He

Bush: “Not going to back down” on Common Core

Real Clear Politics and the Associated Press reported on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s most recent string of events and appearances in Iowa this past weekend. One notable appearance was a March 6th fundraiser for Rep. David Young near Des Moines, where a supporter in attendance reportedly told Bush, “I applaud you for your support of Common Core, keep on that topic.” Bush responded by saying: “Raising expectations and having accurate assessments of where kids are is essential for success, and I’m not going to back down on that.” RCP reports that he added: “What I can tell you is the

Rand Paul Offended by the Terming of Same-Sex Unions as “Marriages”

In a recent interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reaffirmed his belief in traditional marriage. Paul also stated that defining same-sex unions as marriages offended many, including himself. He instead advocated for contracts between adults stating: Well I’m for traditional marriage. I think marriage is between a man and a woman. Ultimately, we could have fixed this a long time ago if we just allowed contracts between adults. We didn’t have to call it marriage, which offends myself and a lot of people. But I think having competing contracts that would give them equivalency before the

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