Education Takes a Back Seat

Every year, Penn students and their families face rising tuition costs and high-interest loans.

But don’t expect either presidential candidate to make those issues a campaign focus anytime soon.

Both Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama have addressed higher education reforms in the context of the broader economy, but rarely bring up education in their stump speeches or during debates.

"Candidates have done polling, and people are looking at the economy and foreign policy as their top concerns," said Don Kettl, a Penn Political Science professor.

"The affordability of college is just not an issue that reaches the top," he said.

In an e-mail from Zach Friend, an Obama spokesman, the campaign points out that "making higher education affordable is key" in a "global economy." Read full story. (The Daily Pennsylvanian)

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