Yesterday while speaking to an enthusiastic crowd at CPAC 2015, Sen. Ted Cruz warned his audience that all GOP candidates would do their best to convince people they were “the most conservative person that ever lived”, but that often changes after the election.
As a potential Presidential candidate, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie did just that as he sat on stage taking questions from talk radio host Laura Ingraham. You have to give him credit, true to his brash New Jersey nature Gov. Christie, who has never been burdened with a reputation as a Conservative, was not afraid to come to Maryland to address the most Conservative crowd in America. While the reception was polite and drew some appreciative applause, I don’t think the Governor will benefit from a good showing in the annual CPAC straw poll.
One particular issue that is sure to plague several of the candidates is President Obama’s Common Core program that has seriously damaged education in states all across the country. Among CPAC attendees there are probably more Hillary Clinton fans than Common Core supporters. When Ingraham brought up the fact that Gov. Christie had adopted the standards for his state, I’m sure he thought he gave her a good answer, but chances are his excuse just won’t wash with Conservatives.
Gov. Christie told Ingraham that his reason for signing on to the unpopular education program was that his state needed the funds being offered by the Obama administration.
As is often the case, what Christie did not say was just as telling as what he did say. At no point did the Governor tell Ingraham that he adopted the standards because he thought they were going to benefit students in the school system, or that he was convinced they would improve education in any way. According to his answer, his sole motivation was to get federal money for is state.
Really Governor? If you are that quick to sell school children down river for federal dollars, what would you do to the rest of us when the opportunity arose? Last time I checked the purpose of a state education system was to prepare children to become intelligent adults, well-prepared to face life and to provide for their families, not to act as a money magnet for the state.