Today, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney—via video—and Republicans addressed the Values Voter Summit in Washington. If these guys really want to talk about values, let's talk about values.
Take education—and the idea that hard work, perseverance, and a good, affordable education, can be a gateway of opportunity for any American child. President Obama knows it because he's lived it. That's why he overhauled education funding and eliminated the middleman from government loans. That's why he's invested in Pell Grants, helping more than 9 million students afford college. That's why his administration is transforming K–12 schools through the Race to the Top program. The Romney-Ryan financial aid plan, on the other hand, is simple: You're on your own. Romney actually told a student struggling to afford college that the very best advice he could offer was to "shop around."
And what about creating jobs—and goods—here in America? Look no further than how President Obama and Governor Romney each reacted to an American industry on the brink of collapse. While Romney took to the editorial pages and news shows proclaiming, "Let Detroit go bankrupt," President Obama did what was unpopular and extended a hand to an industry in crisis. Today, the most American of industries is back and stronger than ever.
From Medicare, to taxes, to the DREAM Act, there's only one ticket this fall that shares the uniquely American values that we're all in this together, that we lift each other up, and that together we'll move our country forward.
So if Romney, Ryan and the Republicans want to talk values, this is a conversation we're happy to have. And if you share our values, help us move America forward.