The former vice president says he is grateful to President Obama for “a huge compliment” on education.
“It’s a big compliment, because he has made a huge effort in getting our kids educated and doing everything he can to help the United States grow,” Pence said Monday at the White House.
“That’s what the president said in his inaugural address.
I think it was one of his biggest things that he said.
And so, I’m really appreciative of that.”
Pence was responding to a question about whether the administration should consider a plan to privatize or sell off schools.
He has said he wants to do both.
Pence, a Democrat, has been a vocal opponent of the Obama administration’s efforts to address the rising cost of education.
In February, the former vice President tweeted: “The president of the United Kingdom is not getting paid to make sure all of our kids have access to education.
That’s what America’s a nation of immigrants and not a nation based on class, not a country based on race, not even a nation with a history of slavery.”
In a tweet a day later, Pence said the British government “doesn’t have the resources or the time to educate all of its citizens.”
In an interview with the Washington Post, Pence suggested that the Obama policies that led to rising costs had more to do with the administration’s policies than with his own.
“I don’t think the administration has the answer,” Pence told the Post.
“They haven’t said it.
They haven’t provided the information.”
The White House declined to comment for this story.