Santorum: ‘Snob’ comment ‘probably not the smartest thing’

Rick Santorum said it probably wasnt the smartest thing to call President Obama a snob while he criticized the president on his college education policy.

President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college, Santorum said during a speech at an Americans for Prosperity event in Michigan. What a snob.

Speaking on CNN, Santorum said when he called Obama a snob, he was speaking more in terms of Obamas larger policy agenda.

I was giving a long riff about the president mandating things on people, Santorum said Friday. I was talking about the government and president mandating healthcare and, you know, what kind of loans were going to get. 

Santorums comment came in response to President Obama saying that every American should have the chance to go to college, a community college, vocational school or technical school.

And so I was commenting on the general attitude of, as I do in all of my speeches, of top down, government knows best, Santorum added. And so I — I used the term snob. You know, it was a — it was a strong term, probably not the smartest thing.

The snob attack gained a fair amount of attention and, up until the CNN interview, Santorum fully stood by the comment.

Santorum has repeatedly attacked Obama on higher education, charging that the president wants Americans to go to institutions that will make them less religious and more liberal.