GOP Candidates Talk Common Core in New Hampshire

New_HampshireMany of the GOP presidential candidates appeared in New Hampshire this past weekend to attend the New Hampshire Republican Leadership Summit, and Common Core was frequently discussed. Below are quotes we found from each of the candidates (or reports on the candidates):

Rick Perry via Politico: “Common Core is every bit as problematic as Obamacare.”

Ted Cruz via Politico: “We need to repeal every word of Common Core.”

Rand Paul via the New Hampshire Union Leader: “The audience applauded loudly as Paul spoke of his opposition to Common Core curriculum standards and when he called for school choice, a balanced budget amendment, and term limits for Congress.”

Bobby Jindal via Politico: “A lot of politicians say they’re against Common Core. I’m actually in federal court right now suingPresident Obama and suing Arne Duncan… to stop it.”

Chris Christie via the New Hampshire Union Leader: “I’m open to changing it because it’s not working in New Jersey.”

Jeb Bush via the New Hampshire Union Leader: “Bush, a supporter of Common Core, was asked about the curriculum standards by an audience member. He responded that the standards are higher than in most states, but that the federal government should stay out of local control of education.”

Marco Rubio via The New York Times: “I’m very cautious about the federal government’s role in establishing curriculum standards. The federal government always ends up turning a carrot into a stick, right? …If I was president of the United States, I would not have a Department of Education, perhaps at all. We don’t need a national school board.”

Kate Bryan is the Director of Communications for American Principles in Action.