Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wasted no time Monday in linking President Barack Obama to the teachers’ union, as striking teachers disrupted the school year for 400,000 Chicago students.
This AP report outline’s Romney’s statements about the strike, but also notes that Obama has already advocated some education policies that have put him at odds with the National Education Association — the big teachers’ union.
And Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief-of-staff, is the guy in the showdown with Windy City teachers. In this report from the Wall Street Journal, Emanuel criticizes the union and calls the strike “unnecessary.”
Obama’s earlier actions, and Romney’s comments today, make it pretty clear that politicians in both parties are aware that public employee unions are less than popular among the electorate at large. Conservative commentator Michael Barone cites some poll data in this column published online in June 2012.