If someone has already pointed this out, I apologize. I did a quick search and didn't see it mentioned.
Something that jumped out at me during the debate last night...
From the debate transcript (emphasis mine):
But what I've also said is let's hire another hundred thousand math and science teachers to make sure we maintain our technological lead and our people are skilled and able to succeed. And hard-pressed states right now can't all do that. In fact, we've seen layoffs of hundreds of thousands of teachers over the last several years, and Governor Romney doesn't think we need more teachers. I do, because I think that that is the kind of investment where the federal government can help. It can't do it all, but it can make a difference, and as a consequence, we'll have a better-trained workforce, and that will create jobs, because companies want to locate in places where we've got a skilled workforceRomney's reply:
Well, first, I love great schools. Massachusetts, our schools are ranked number one of all 50 states. And the key to great schools: great teachers. So I reject the idea that I don't believe in great teachers or more teachers. Every school district, every state should make that decision on their own.Well, on June 8th, CNN's Political Ticker quoted Romney as saying:
Romney said of Obama, "he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people."Greg Sargent took note of the statementat the time, too.
I know there's a video of Romney making these remarks out there. I think the contrast between that video and his remarks from last night would make for a nice political ad.