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Democratic super-PACs hit Romney on higher education

The pro-Obama super-PAC Priorities USA Action and Democratic-leaning American Bridge 21st Century released a memo and video, accusing Romney of making Massachusetts "less competitive" by cutting funding for higher education and job training programs. The groups claimed that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee would enact similar policies in the White House. 

The video, titled "‪Mitt Romney to students: You're on your own‬," features clips of the GOP candidate discussing his policies in Massachusetts and addressing concerns about student loans on the campaign trail.

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"Romney’s rhetoric on college reflects his priorities and worldview: cutting taxes for the wealthy is more important than investing in an economy that works for the middle class," said a statement from Priorities USA Tuesday.

The Romney campaign also looked to capitalize off of the president's college tour, blaming Obama for the rising costs of college tuition and bleak employment prospects for new graduates. 

“Half of my generation didn’t get up and go to a job this morning,” College Republican National Committee Chairman Alex Schriver said on a conference call hosted by Romney’s campaign. 

The president spoke at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday, where he aimed to appeal to young voters by urging Congress to pass legislation to prevent interest rates on subsidized student loans from doubling to 6.8 percent this summer.

Romney sided with Obama this week on the need to pass an extension on federal subsidies to undergraduate Stafford loans.

“I also hope the president and Congress can pass the extension responsibly, that offsets its cost in a way that doesn't harm the job prospects of young Americans,” Romney said in a statement released Monday. “Ultimately, what young Americans want and need is a new president who will champion lasting and permanent policy changes that both address the rising cost of a college education and get our economy really growing again." 

Click here for more on Romney's effort to sway the youth vote.


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