Education Seeps Into Presidential Debates
Bush, Kerry Highlight School Proposals Even Without Being Asked
President Bush and Sen. John Kerry were never asked directly about education during their three televised debates this month, but that didn’t stop the two presidential contenders from finding segues into the issue, whether it was questions about jobs or even abortion.
When Mr. Bush was asked during the final debate last week in Tempe, Ariz., if it was time to raise the minimum wage, he said he had at one time back ed such a plan, yet by his second sentence, he was shifting to a discourse on education.
“But let me talk about what’s really important for the worker you’re referring to, and that’s to make sure the education system works, it’s to make sure we raise standards,” he said. “Listen, the No Child Left Behind Act is really a jobs act, when...
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