TUPELO – Republican congressional candidate Alan Nunnelee on Tuesday defended his opposition to stimulus funds for education.
Responding to a newspaper ad criticizing his stance as a political stunt that jeopardizes school children, Sen. Nunnelee said it’s worse to saddle kids with future debt than it is to save a few jobs.
The ad was paid for by Childers for Congress.
“We’re asking school children to pay for their own education,” Nunnelee said after a speech to the North Mississippi Planned Giving Council.
The council had invited both Nunnelee and his opponent, incumbent candidate and U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, D-Miss., to speak at the quarterly meeting. Childers, however, was unable to attend.
“I think the most important thing we can do for school children is to not saddle them with massive debt, which is what we’re doing,” Nunnelee told the Daily Journal. “I think the whole Stimulus II bill was a publicity stunt.”
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