Well, the Chicago teachers’ strike just became an issue in the presidential race. Here’s the just-released statement from Mitt Romney:
I am& disappointed by the decision of the Chicago Teachers Union to turn its back on not only a city negotiating in good faith but also the hundreds of thousands of children relying on the city’s public schools to provide them a safe place to receive a strong education. Teachers unions have too often made plain that their interests conflict with those of our children, and today we are seeing one of the clearest examples yet. President Obama has chosen his side in this fight, sending his Vice President last year to assure the nation’s largest teachers union that “you should have no doubt about my affection for you and the President’s commitment to you.” I choose to side with the parents and students depending on public schools to give them the skills to succeed, and my plan for education reform will do exactly that.
So, Mr. President, whose side are you on? The Chicago public-school teachers’ union, or your former chief of staff who is now mayor?
Anyone sense a “present” coming?
UPDATE: And, here we go, Charlie Spiering relays the non-statement from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney:
“It’s our view that the sides on this dispute in Chicago can and should work it out,” Carney said adding that “the interests of Chicago’s children that must be preeminent as they work it out.”
When asked by ABC’s Jake Tapper if it was fair to characterize the White House as “neutral” on the strike, Carney reiterated that the White House wasn’t choosing sides.