President Obama portrayed Mitt Romney on Tuesday as an out-of-touch elitist while pitching education reform in front of college students at a campaign event at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Obama focused on a comment Romney made earlier this year in which he said if someone wants to go to college or start a business, he or she could just “borrow money if you have to from your parents.”

“When a high school student in Youngstown asked him what he would do to make college more affordable for families like his, Governor Romney didn’t say anything about grants or loan programs that are critical to millions of students to get a college education; nothing about work-study programs, or rising college tuition; he didn’t say a word about community colleges, or how important higher education is to America’s economic future,” Obama said. “He said the best thing you can do is shop around.”

“That’s it — that’s his plan. That’s his answer to young people who are trying to figure out to go to college and make sure they don’t have a mountain of debt — shop around and borrow money from your parents.”

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