Romney's 'I love teachers' remark prompts 'fake' Valentine proposal from livid teachers union

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 07:02 hrs

Republican Mitt Romney expressed his 'love for teachers' during the final presidential debate on foreign policy, which went off track and shifted towards teachers and the country's education system

"I love teachers," Romney repeatedly said during the spirited debate. But Romney also said that he did not think that the federal government should pay to hire teachers, even at a time when so many school systems have cut payrolls due to the recession.

Offended by the former governor's comments, the National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest teachers union, has created a 'love letter' for Romney.

According to the Huffington Post, the graphic, which the NEA is distributing widely to reporters and on its blog, is titled 'My Funny Valentine' and features pictures of Romney framed in hearts.

"Mitt Romney has a strange way of showing 'love'", the letter reads.

Several thought that the bubbles around Romney's picture highlight his conflicting comments on education. "I love teachers!", but Romney in a cracked heart repeated his June quote: "We don't need more teachers."

"The effort to reduce classroom size may actually hurt education more than it helps," another bubble said, quoting Romney in 2010.

According to the report, the graphic is part of the union's 'get-out-the-vote' efforts, which have so far mobilized 481,000 members to work on initiatives like phone banks, canvassing and voter registration, NEA spokeswoman Sara Robertson said.

"Mitt Romney's form of love reminds me of being on the schoolyard as a kid. The only way you knew whether or not someone liked you was if they pulled your hair or made fun of you in front of their friends," NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said. (ANI)

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