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Obama: College shouldn't be roll of the dice

Saturday - 8/24/2013, 12:36pm  ET

President Barack Obama spoke to student, faculty, staff, and local leaders during a town hall style meeting at Binghamton University on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Aug. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/ Press & Sun-Bulletin, Kristopher Radder)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says higher education shouldn't be a luxury or a roll of the dice. He says it's an economic necessity and every American family should be able to afford it.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama promotes his plan to make college more affordable. He wants the government to rate colleges based on opportunity so students can pick schools with the best value.

Obama says not everyone will agree. But he says the current path of skyrocketing tuition is unsustainable for students and for the economy.

In the Republican address, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana says businesses and workers are in "survival mode" because of Obama's health care law. He says Republican governors have solutions to improve health care without weighing down the economy.



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