Obama Campaign Targets Romney Over Student Loans

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election team came out with a new web video on Wednesday, accusing rival Mitt Romney of pandering on student loans.

The video, "Mitt Romney vs. Reality: Student Loan Edition," highlights comments made by the likely GOP presidential nominee on Monday when he supported the extension of the lowered interest rates.

"There was some concern that that would expire halfway through the year, and I support extending the temporary relief on interest rates for students," Romney said at a press conference in Pennsylvania.

The interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans is scheduled to double to 6.8% on July 1 if Congress does not vote to extend the current rate of 3.4%. The Senate is expected to take up the bill on Wednesday.

In a political week so far marked by competition for the youth vote, Obama has been on the road making appearances at three universities in battleground states and calling on Congress to pass the extension.

After Romney also endorsed the lowered rate, however, Democrats quickly pounced on his remarks as political pandering.

And in the web video released Wednesday, the Obama campaign pointed to Romney's support for the GOP budget plan proposed last month by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. The plan calls for major cuts to Pell Grants, the other major federal student loan program.

In a statement on Monday, however, Romney specifically addressed the Stafford program, not Pell Grants.

"I encourage Congress to temporarily extend the current low rate on subsidized undergraduate Stafford loans. I also hope the President and Congress can pass the extension responsibly, that offsets its cost in a way that doesn't harm the job prospects of young Americans," Romney said.

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